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How to Fix I9s Completed for Remote Employees Because of COVID-19
Since March 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given employers flexibility when completing I9 forms for employees that are working remotely because of COVID-19 safety precautions. The physical presence requirements associated with the Form I9 (it is required to physically review the original employee identity and employment aut...
Did your Publix I9 Immigration Certification Letter expire?
Recently, a Florida Publix vendor contacted our office in need of an updated annual I-9 Immigration Certification Letter. The Publix Contract Management team had notified the company that its annual certification letter had expired and if it was not updated, the company was at risk for having its services being halted until received. Consultstu res...
Florida’s New E-Verify Law
On January 1, 2021, Florida joined a growing number of states that mandate some use of E-Verify for certain employers. Last year, Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation that requires all public employers, including local school districts, public universities, and colleges, and state and local agencies, as well as their private contractors, to use...
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...
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