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SSA “no-match” Letters Return in 2021; 4 Steps to Respond
After taking a pandemic related break in 2020, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is resuming the practice of sending “no match” letters to employers, according to experts. A “no match” letter is a written notification by the SSA to an employer that there is a discrepancy between a workers’ social security number...
Publix Vendor Independent Third Party Immigration Reviews
Publix Super Markets, Inc. is celebrating its 90th Anniversary and has grown to over 1,200 stores across seven states.  If your company is trying to become a supplier of equipment or construction services with Publix, you will be expected to comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations, including the regulations in the......
Can We Accept Expired List B documents for Form I-9 during COVID-19?
On May 1, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a temporary policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many areas are under stay-at-home orders and some online renewal services have restrictions and employees may experience challenges renewing a state driver’s license, a state ID card, or other Form I-9, List B document. Until f...
New I9 for 2020! Get it now
On Jan. 31, 2020, USCIS published a notice announcing a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new version contains minor changes to the form and its instructions. Employers should begin using this updated form right away. Click here for the latest I9 Form (expires 2022) and Instructions. The USCIS notice provides employe...
Does Florida require E-Verify?
No, not yet.  But Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is pushing the 2020 Florida legislature to pass legislation to require all Florida employers to use the federal E-Verify system.  If your company has a qualifying contract with the State of Florida, all new hires working on the contract must be screened using E-Verify.  Read Governor Scott’s....
We Conduct Publix Independent Third Party Immigration Reviews
Companies throughout Florida continue to contact Consultstu LLC to conduct a third-party immigration audit to meet the mandates of being a supplier of equipment or construction services to Publix Super Markets, Inc.  Publix expects all of its Suppliers to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including the rules...
What Happens if my Employee is Found Not Authorized to Work in the US?
The early August ICE raids targeting Mississippi workplaces have resulted in at least 40 arrest warrants, and enforcement raids are predicted to continue.  What if ICE Workplace Enforcement shows up at your business, and it is discovered that your company is employing unauthorized workers?  The outcome will depend heavily on the status of your I...
Independent 3rd Party to Audit Immigration Compliance for Publix
If your company is pursuing a services agreement with Publix Super Markets, Inc., it will be required to complete an annual certification of its immigration law compliance using a qualified, independent third party; or retain a qualified, independent third party to complete all company employee I-9s on an on-going basis.  If the audit is chosen,.....
Can employers accept an ITIN card?
What is an ITIN Number? An ITIN is a nine-digit number issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who are required for U.S. federal tax purposes to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have and are not eligible to get a social security number (SSN).  The ITIN is a tax processing number issued......
What employers need to know about DOJ’s Immigrant and Employee Rights (IER) office?
There are many federal agencies that regulate some part of employer conduct.  All employers should know that there is a legal obligation to complete the Form I9 for all new hires (not independent contractors).  When completing the form, an employer must allow a newly hired employee to present any of the lawful documents to show......
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