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Employers are again receiving “no-match letters” from the Social Security Administration (SSA) . No-match letters—called Employer Correction Requests—will be sent when SSA discovers a mismatch between information provided by employers for wage reporting purposes and SSA’s records. A “no-match” relates to employee names and social security numbers (SSNs). In March 2019 SSA began mailing notifications to employers identified as having at least one employee name and SSN combination submitted on their W-2s that do not match…
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the FY2020 H-1B visa cap. For FY2020, Congress mandated a regular cap of 65,000 H-1B visas, plus an additional 20,000 H-1B visas for those with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions of higher education (i.e., the master’s cap). Last Friday, USCIS announced that they reached the H-1B general visa cap, and then reached the master’s cap later on Wednesday. Read the announcements from USCIS by clicking here and clicking
It is the equivalent of the NCAA March Madness for H-1B petitioners and beneficiaries. The fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap season is officially in full swing. Today, April 1st, is the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2020 cap on April 1, 2019. Once an H-1B petition subject to the cap is filed, it must be selected by USCIS under a random lottery. This is…
I recognize this is a lengthier blog than I normally post, but it’s necessary so I can help employers help themselves. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important opinion that is relevant not only to employers that are responsible for a providing job seekers with a compliant disclosure and authorization under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.), but also for their background screening vendors that may supply such…
Happy Friday before the Super Bowl that should have seen the Saints playing the Patriots.  Check out this week’s Compliance News Flash with blurbs about: E-Verify and what employers need to do now that it is again operational. The Form I-9 and tools to assist with determining if documents presented are acceptable. The CFPB and charges for file disclosures. The U.S. may soon have a permanent ombudsman for the Privacy Shield program (thereby making the…
The longest government shutdown is over and employers need to take note that E-Verify is again operational.  Setting aside that Congress and the President have only until February 15 to move beyond short term funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), here is what employers need to know about E-Verify, the electronic employment eligibility verification program run by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  But first, this caveat (click here) direct from…
Check out the current Compliance News Flash with blurbs about: The continuing partial government shutdown; E-Verify (still shutdown); The Federal Trade Commission (also shutdown); Government background investigations and the NBIB (not shutdown); The California Consumer Protection Act; and A recent merger in the background screening industry. In honor of MLK Day tomorrow: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Martin Luther King…
Happy New Year! Here are two editions of the AGG Compliance News Flash covering the following topics: E-Verify; California’s Consumer Privacy Act; Ban the box and salary history restrictions in the hiring process; Investigation by the Department of Justice into hiring practices; The Fair Credit Reporting Act and who qualifies as an “employee”; and News about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Click here for the 12/21 edition of the Compliance News Flash. Click here for…
It took a few days, but the E-Verify system is down due to the partial government shutdown which started at 12:01 am Saturday the 22nd of December.  One of the agencies affected by the partial government shutdown is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is the agency that runs the E-Verify program.  E-Verify and E-Verify services are offline and will remain so until the government is again funded.  This partial shutdown may continue into…