A federal judge on Oct. 10 called a halt to plans by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) to implement new rules on how employers should respond to “no-match” letters that flag discrepancies between employee names and the Social Security numbers they provide to employers.
U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer’s preliminary injunction means that the government will either has to go back to square one and rewrite the rules or fight the court decision.
The ruling came after the ACLU, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO and several other labor organizations filed suit to block the rules, which would have provided what DHS called a “safe harbor” for employers.
The rules spelled out precise timetables for when and how employers should respond when they receive no-match letters. They gave employers and employees 90 days to resolve Social Security number mismatches. If discrepancies remained after 90 days, employers would e...(register to read more)