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California Supreme Court Finds an Employee’s Misrepresentation About His Immigration Status May Limit His Recovery in Lawsuit Against Employer

Published on July 25, 2014

In Salas v. Sierra Chemical, the California Supreme Court recently held that federal immigration law and the affirmative defenses of unclean hands and after-acquired evidence may limit the lost wage claim of an employee to the extent the lost wage claim arises after the employer's discovery that the employee misrepresented his status as authorized to work in the United States. (more…) ...

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Time to Switch to New Version of I-9

Published on March 25, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has updated the well-known Employment Eligibility Verification form, or Form I-9.  Employers should begin using the new form immediately.   After May 7, 2013, employers who fail to use the new Form I–9 may be subject to penalties.  More after the break. (more…) ...

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Prince George’s County, Maryland Public Schools To Pay $4.2 Million For Labor Violations

Published on July 13, 2011

Prince George’s County Public Schools (“PGCPS”) has agreed to pay $4.2 million in back wages to 1,044 workers following an investigation by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) that revealed that PGCPS had reduced the wages of H-1B workers by requiring them to pay certain fees associated with filing H-1B visa petitions.  More after the break. (more…) ...

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Final Rule on I-9 Employment Verification Effective Today

Published on May 16, 2011

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published their final rule on I-9 employment eligibility verification for employees effective May 16, 2011.  The final rule adopts the interim rule that was issued on December 17, 2008, and makes several changes to improve the integrity of the employment verification process.  More after the break. (more…) ...

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Fusion Centers?

Published on February 15, 2011

My interest was piqued when I saw a report in the February 2011 issue of HR Magazine that "fusion centers have been established to facilitate cooperation among [government] agencies. . . .  Wage and hour investigators, ICE auditors and tax auditors are now all in one place to share resources, leverage information and pursue top-to-bottom audits."  Having never heard of a "fusion center," I turned to Google for the answer.  More after the break. (more…) ...

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