Dickinson Law is pleased to announce that Andrea Rastelli has joined the firm. Andrea is a recent Juris Doctor graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and holds a B.A. in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Her legal training includes serving as an intern at John Deere Financial and Comcast Corporate, and as an extern at ACT where collectively she gained experience on issues such as…
In June, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) posted a new version of Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification in the Federal Register for public comment. The current Form I-9 was due to expire on August 31, 2019. Earlier this month USCIS advised employers to continue using the current Form I-9 until further notice. To keep up on current Form I-9 news, visit the USCIS website at: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/whats-new.…
Dickinson Law is pleased to announce that 19 of the firms’ attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  Attorney F. Richard Lyford was also recognized by Best Lawyers® as the Litigation – Real Estate  “Lawyer of the Year” in Des Moines. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is the oldest and…
Twenty-six Republican Senators are listed as co-sponsors of a bill introduced in the Iowa legislature, identified as S.F. 243 (2019).  The current draft legislation contains an explanation, with a the disclaimer: The fact that the draft legislation contains an explanation should not lead to an inference that any member of the general assembly, in affirmatively voting for the legislation, agreed with the substance of the explanation.  The explanation for 2019 Iowa S. F. 243 states…
E-Verify is on the lips of employers and legislators across the country. However, E-Verify is not the magical solution many people believe it to be. It’s best to start with what E-verify does not do for an employer. E-Verify does not verify employment eligibility for the employer. E-Verify does not remove the responsibility of the employer to complete an I-9 Form in accordance with federal regulations. An I-9 Form must be completed for every employee…
E-Verify is on the lips of employers and legislators across the country. However, E-Verify is not the magical solution many people believe it to be. It’s best to start with what E-verify does not do for an employer. E-Verify does not verify employment eligibility for the employer. E-Verify does not remove the responsibility of the employer to complete an I-9 Form in accordance with federal regulations. An I-9 Form must be completed for every employee…
As immigration issues are pushed to the front of minds across the country, it’s a good time to talk about the one piece of immigration law that touches every employer and employee, the Form I-9. Every time a business hires a new employee the I-9 should appear in the stack of paperwork that needs to be completed. It is so commonplace that we often forget there was a time, not that long ago, that the…
Immigration law is more than just a hot political topic of the day. For the potential immigrant, legal permanent resident or future citizen a single immigration application has the power to change the path of their life. In political debates words with specific meaning in immigration law are often twisted to serve a political agenda. For example, consider the question “who is an immigrant?” and answer to yourself. Unless you took several minutes to examine…