For years, employers have found themselves between the proverbial “rock and a hard place” when they’ve received “no-match” letters notifying them of discrepancies with an employees’ reported Social Security number (SSN).
Fire the worker right away and you could be sued for discrimination. Let the worker stay and the feds could slam you for knowingly hiring illegal workers.
That confusion led many employers to ignore no-match letters. Starting in September, that’s no longer a wise strategy. Why?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week published final regulations that provide guidance to employers on how to respond to no-match letters. If you follow those steps correctly, you’ll earn immunity from penalties if illegal workers are found at your business during an I-9 investigation or raid.
The bottom line: Don’t fire right after receiving the letter. Many Social Security number discrepancies are caused by cleri...(register to read more)