by Kristina E. Chubenko, Esq.
In August 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed regulation that would rescind the “no-match rule” that for years has been the centerpiece of the government’s effort to enforce laws banning employment of illegal immigrants.
The no-match rule made employers responsible for resolving discrepancies when employees presented mismatched Social Security numbers on employment eligibility verification Form I-9.
DHS wants to rescind the no-match rule in order to emphasize its E-Verify program, an online employment eligibility verification system, as a tool to crack down on employers that hire undocumented workers. E-Verify has existed since 1996, but federal contractors have been required to use it since Sept. 8, 2009. Many states have enacted or are considering legislation that would encourage or mandate the use of E-Verify for public contractors, state agencie...(register to read more)