"immigration" Blog Tag


No-match letters from the SSA - read and understand, then react

May 22nd, 2019 by Davis Bae, Shanon Stevenson and Jeffrey Winchester at Fisher Phillips


That no-match letter from the Social Security Administration is not them breaking up with you (come on, who else who would date them? and that is no reflection on you - really). 

That letter is to let you know that you have a whole bunch of work in front of you trying to figure out why some of the employee information you sent them doesn't match the employee information they already have.

Don't freak out. Davis Bae, Shanon Stevenson and Jeffrey Winchester have worked out a 7-step guide, including what not to do, that will help you respond, will get the SSA the info they need and might even help you get your HR house in a little better order. The  seven steps:

  1. understand
  2. gauge the impact
  3. review records
  4. policies?
  5. CAUTION!
  6. respond
  7. I-9s

I've changed my name ā€“ to Optimus Prime

September 21st, 2018 by hrsimple


So say an employee, let's call him, for purposes of this exercise, Scott Edward Nall, walks into your office to let you know he has changed his name to Optimus Prime.  Do you:

  1. snicker and ask him if his Laser Axe Hand is really made of energy
  2. wonder why he isn't riding a dinosaur
  3. fall to your knees and plead fealty
  4. start the process of updating Mr. Prime in your HR records.

ICE audits II ā€“ FAQs to make you wiser

August 29th, 2018 by Melissa Manna at Ogletree Deakins


If Francis Bacon was right, that a prudent question is one-half of wisdom, then six questions will make you three times wiser, right? And assuming the other half of wisdom is a prudent answer, which would then make you six times wiser, then take a look at Melissa Manna's answers to six FAQs on the audit process.

  1. Who can ICE audit?
  2. How does an employer know if it is being audited?
  3. What is the potential liability?
  4. What about criminal sanctions?
  5. What types of notices should an employer expect during the audit?
  6. What happens at the conclusion of an audit?

Be prepared for ICE raids

February 19th, 2018 by hrsimple


Adam scott ice ice baby

If your first reaction to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid would be "Ice. ICE! Baby." and a slow exhale/shaking head, then read this from our our authors at Fisher Phillips now, which includes:

  • background: heat has been turned up in 2018
  • what you can do to prepare: 5-step plan
  • what to do should the government come calling

then check this breakdown of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby".