2012’s Top 10 Must-Read LawLogix I-9 and E-Verify Articles

The year 2012 has proven to be a fascinating year with many surprises. USCIS has by far, made the most news this year, with Customs and Border Protection coming in at a close second. While news comes and goes, these top ten articles have resonated strongly with our readers for its utility and instruction. To our loyal and new readers, the follow Top Ten Articles are must-reads:

USCIS Revises New Form I-9 (AGAIN) Estimates Each Form Will Take 35 Minutes to Complete

One of the big announcements early in the year was USCIS’ proposal to change the Form I-9 and lengthen it to a two-page document, to the dismay of many of our readers. Fast-forward to the end of summer, USCIS again proposed additional changes. The fact that this article remains popular evidences its long-lasting utility, at least until USCIS finalizes the actual changes.

5 Issues Every Employer Must Know About DACA

A second announcement from USCIS was the proposal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program back in June. Applicants who applied and were granted deferred action were also eligible for work authorization. This Q&A blog article helped to highlight potential issues employers would likely face.

Employers Not Immune from Punishment by OSC for E-Verify Violations

The Justice Department was eager to demonstrate that compliance with E-Verify rules are equally as important in this seminal case as it is with I-9 rules. This is the first case of its kind where the Office of Special Counsel levied a civil penalty along with back pay penalties against an alleged violating employer. Read more on what happened.

Does the I-9 Receipt Rule Really Mean What It Says? (by Sharon Mehlman)

Sometimes, in spite of the law, life happens, as documented by one of our veteran attorney expert bloggers, Sharon Mehlman. Ms. Mehlman is a Partner at Larrabee | Mehlman | Albi | Coker LLP in San Diego, California and provides us with an interesting take on the I-9 Receipt Rule and its actual application.

 Will I-94 Automation Cause More Headaches for U.S. Employers?

We introduced you to the I-94 Automation process currently being undertaken by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The process is still currently underway, causing employers many “headaches.” Think it won’t impact your organization? Read more to find out why you might have to think twice.

List Top Ten I-9 Audit and E-Verify Resources

Who doesn’t like an easy-to-use reference guide with helpful resources related to I-9 and E-Verify? Our readers found this Top Ten List to be immensely helpful! [Though next time, we may make the list even longer.]

Over-documentation – The Problem of Belts and Suspenders on I-9 Documentation (by Allen Orr)

We’ve often reported on the issues of over-documentation and document abuse. Our expert attorney blogger Allen Orr, of Orr Immigration Law Firm, P.C. provides more details on these issues and how to avoid it altogether.

Justice Department Complaint Reveals Electronic I-9 Compliance Failures

Think the government hasn’t caught up with evolving technologies? Think again. In this article, the Justice Department once again wades in on the issue of electronic I-9 compliance. This time, it took a closer look at how certain software companies are approaching I-9 compliance with too much control over the process, potentially usurping the employer’s role. Are employers still held liable? Read the article to find out.

Immunity from Form I-9 Audits? 5 Myths Busted!

There are many misconceptions about I-9 compliance and how the government responds to inspection issues. Read more to find out how you score and what your organization can do to be more proactive about compliance.

Complying with I-9 Rules after a Natural (or Man-Made) Disaster (by Jared Leung & Matt Martinez)

Disasters can hit at any time anywhere. We conducted a poll in November 2012 asking our readers if their I-9 compliance could withstand a disaster. We intentionally crafted our answers to see how our readers would respond. Only 21% of our readers who responded indicated they had a disaster recovery plan in place because their software company had one in place. In the business world, redundancies are not necessarily a guarantee for compliance if those redundancies are not secured. Our attorney guest bloggers Jared Leung and Matt Martinez, of Fennemore Craig, P.C. of Phoenix, Arizona provide instructions on how your organization can be proactive about preparing for a disaster.

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