Employer Law Report

Tag Archives: immigration reform

Congressional Action Is Required to Modernize Employment Based Immigration

President Obama’s announcement on November 20, 2014 regarding his planned Executive Action to improve the immigration system was accompanied by several administrative memorandums, including several that addressed the business community’s frustration with a system that has been cumbersome, lengthy, and unpredictable. One memo included a promise to review the PERM process with an effort to modernize and improve it. (For a general description of the PERM process, please see our previous post). The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a brief Fact Sheet explaining their concept of what it will mean to modernize this program.

While an effort to modernize …

Business implications of the President’s Executive Action on immigration reform measures

Last night President Obama addressed the nation and outlined his long awaited Executive Order to begin the process of immigration reform. His speech emphasized the policy imperative to improve the system, and encourage economic growth consistent with our values respecting and protecting individual rights. The President, anticipating the Republican response, reiterated that it is the role of Congress to make substantive changes in the laws, but that in the absence of Congressional action, he noted several steps that he can take as President to make the immigration system work a little better. Setting aside this constitutional controversy for the moment, …

Coalition of Labor Unions Join Business Community in Supporting Immigration Reform

Last week, the Obama Administration reiterated its commitment to enact comprehensive immigration reform during the first year of the new administration. On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that a coalition of unions have agreed to support the Administration’s initiative, joining the business community and the Chamber of Commerce, who have long supported immigration reform. Of course, with immigration reform, as with other contentious legislation, the devil is in the details, and different advocates define immigration reform differently. 

The Unions, Chamber of Commerce and the Administration agree that key elements of reform will include a reduction in the excessive backlogs for permanent …

Employers Required to Use New I-9 Form As of Today – April 3, 2009

After a two-month delay for the Obama Administration to review the new form and related policies, today (April 3, 2009) marks the introduction of the yet another version of the I-9 form. Employers are required to use the new form to verify the employment eligibility of all newly hired individuals on or after today’s date  – April 3, 2009. 

There are two changes from the previous editions of the form. First, the last page of the form, which identifies acceptable documents, has some modified language and adds additional documents that can be accepted to verify employment eligibility in both List A (documents that …

USCIS to Start Mailing Rejection Notices for April 1, 2008 H-1B Filings

On June 12, 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) informed the American Immigration Lawyers Association that the H-1B random selection process has been completed. USCIS completed the intake and receipt processes for all filings as of May 24, 2008 and began mailing rejection notices the week of June 9. Therefore, if an employer has not yet received a filing confirmation (Form I-797C Notice of Action), it likely means that the petition was not selected in the random process and that the rejection notice will be forthcoming.…

LexBlog