Gov. Jay Nixon, of Missouri, recently vetoed a state law that some say would have made it easier for people not authorized to work in the U.S. to attain employment.
On the heels of several years of increasingly strict employment eligibility verification enforcement, the government recently decided to increase fines for future Form I-9 related violations, making it more imperative than ever that employers ensure hiring processes are compliant.
Form I-9 is a requirement for every U.S. employer to verify employment eligibility and hiring of a legal workforce. The governments web-based E-Verify sytem takes this process one step further by comparing information from an employee's Form I-9 to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility.
Mary's Gone Crackers Inc., a California organic food company, will pay $1.5 million to the federal government following a settlement with the Department of Justice after Immigration and Customs Enforcement determined it had hired numerous individuals not authorized to work in the U.S.
The Justice Department in late May reached an agreement with a San Diego skilled nursing facility called Villa Rancho Bernardo Care Center following an investigation into possible discrimination against work-authorized non-citizens.
The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, as well as a number of residency programs, reached an agreement with the Department of Justice in June following an investigation by the DOJ into AACPM's hiring practices.