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In 2019, employers across the United States have been assessed millions of dollars in civil penalties for I-9 violations and citizen status discrimination. In addition, some companies closed their doors due to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) determining their workforce was predominantly unauthorized workers. Additionally, some employers have had their business licenses revoked and state contracts denied and/or revoked when they are found to have knowingly hired unauthorized employees.

Employers are facing criminal indictment knowingly hiring undocumented workers and harboring undocumented workers.
Twenty-three states have now passed employer sanctions laws; and of those 23 states, 8 states require all employers who meet jurisdictional standards to use E-Verify, while 12 states require contractors working with state or local governments to participate in E-Verify.

This webinar provides comprehensive information on a topic that affects every employer in the country regardless of whether the company hires foreign employees.

Why you should Attend

Immigration attorney Bruce Buchanan, co-author of The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, and immigration compliance blogger, will teach employers about the new I-9 form, what is E-Verify, what is IMAGE, pros and cons of IMAGE, how to respond to Social Security No-Match letters, and the perils of Immigration Status Discrimination.

On May 1, the new I-9 must be used. Find out what changes have been made. Concerning E-Verify, he will discuss the pros and cons of E-Verify if not mandatory, whether you may already be required to use E-Verify and don't know it. Since ICE is pushing for employers to join IMAGE, it's important to know what it is before you invite ICE into your business. IMAGE's motto is "We're with the government and we’re here to help you." Should you believe them?

SSA no-match letters are scary for employers. So, what should an employer do when it receives one? Should you just "bury your head in the sand"? And finally should you be worry if you receive a complaint filed with IER of Justice Department? What kind of penalties does an employer face?

Areas Covered in the Session

  • I-9 Forms
    • New edition just passed on January 31st, 2020
    • Employers may also continue using the prior version of Form I-9 (Rev.07/17/2017N) until April 30, 2020
  • E-Verify
    • Basics of E-Verify
    • Where is E-Verify Required
    • Advantages of E-Verify
    • Disadvantages of E-Verify
    • What is IMAGE?
    • Advantages & Disadvantages of IMAGE
  • SSA No-Match letters are Back
    • How to Respond
    • Is there a connection between SSA No-Match letters & ICE?
  • Immigration Status Discrimination
    • Investigated by Immigrant and Employee Rights (IER) of DOJ
    • Jurisdiction
    • What is Immigration Discrimination
    • Document Abuse

Who Will Benefit

  • HR Managers
  • COOs
  • Vice-Presidents
  • Presidents
  • In-House Counsell

Speaker Profile

Bruce E. Buchanan is a founding partner at Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC with offices in Nashville and Atlanta, where he represents employers and individuals in all aspects of immigration law, with a special emphasis on employer immigration compliance and employers in employment/labor law matters.

Additionally, he is Of Counsel to Siskind Susser concerning employer immigration compliance matters. Mr. Buchanan received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1982. He served as a senior trial specialist for the National Labor Relations Board for 20 years. Mr. Buchanan also served for 12 years as Adjunct Professor at William H. Bowen UALR School of Law. He went into private practice in 2003 and formed his own law firm in late 2015. Bruce authors his own blog on employer immigration compliance for ilw.com, located at www.employerimmigration.com and is a regular contributor to HR Professionals Magazine.

His book on Immigration Compliance for Employers will be published in 2017. Bruce is also the editor of the Tennessee Bar Association's Immigration Law Section Newsletter and past-Chair of the TBA's Immigration Law Section. He is admitted to practice in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Arkansas and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and D.C. Circuits.