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Pending ‘No-Match’ rules put employers in difficult positions

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) every year sends thousands of “no-match” letters to employers asking for help matching Social Security numbers (SSNs) with employee names. The SSA originally generated these letters to ensure that employees’ earnings were properly credited to their Social Security records, protecting their Social Security benefits.

Innocent discrepancies usually trigger no-match letters—misspelled names, name changes and database errors—and it’s up to employers to reconcile them.

From clarification to enforcement

In recent years, however, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has sought to transform the no-match letter system into a mechanism for enforcing laws against illegal immigration. In August 2007, DHS and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued new rules changing both the language of the no-match letters and the requirements for employers to respond to them....(register to read more)

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