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I-9 E-Verify Immigration Compliance

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  1. IER Stays Busy Under Its New Name

    By Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC

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    On January 18, 2017, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) changed its name to Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER), Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. The newly – named government agency has been busy in its first months of existence.

    Since January 18, 2017, the IER has entered into seven settlement agreements and collected over $300,000 in penalties and $75,000 in backpay.

    Besides these settlement agreements, IER has issued 11 Letters of Resolution to employers. IER issues a Letter of Resolution when after an investigation of a charge, there is insufficient evidence of a violation of the anti-discrimination provision, but there is evidence of the employer having deficiencies in their I-9 form and/or E-Verify compliance. Letters of Resolution may also be issued when an employer quickly resolves an issue by hiring or reinstating the individual in question with backpay. In resolving these investigations, employer often agree to participate in IER-sponsored training and to ensure their Human Resources Staff becomes better trained on I-9 and E-Verify compliance.
  2. OIG Report Shows ICE Makes Large Reductions in Penalties; by Bruce Buchanan

    [FONT=Times New Roman][COLOR=#000000]In fiscal years 2009 through 2012, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reduced proposed penalties in Notices of Intent to Fine (NIFs) from $52.7 million to $31.2 million in Settlement Agreements/Final Orders. This information was located in a Report, dated February 11, 2014, issued by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), wherein it reviewed ICE’s performance related to worksite enforcement and its assessment and collection of penalties/fines nationwide and review of the performances of five field offices – Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, and New Orleans.
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