|Sept. 1, 2009 | www.fisherphillips.com|
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took another step in its worksite enforcement efforts on August 19, 2009 when it announced its intention to rescind the embattled Social Security No-Match Rule, and to focus on increased compliance through its E-Verify, IMAGE and other employment verification programs. All of the enforcement activities that have taken place since the beginning of July should put employers on notice that the government is serious about enforcing the nation's immigration laws and getting tough on employers who hire unauthorized workers. Both DHS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been busy ramping up their scrutiny of employers through increased audits and on-site inspections. It's more important than ever that you ensure that your company's I-9 forms are in compliance with the law and that you are not caught off guard if ICE pays a surprise visit.
As more states enact laws allowing patients to ingest marijuana as a means of coping with various diseases and symptoms, the question quickly arises for human resources professionals about how this affects the employment relationship.
With the disclosure of personal information now rampant on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it sometimes seems like privacy is a relic of the past. Don't be fooled: privacy is a hot legal topic with serious implications for employers.