Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practice Rule Now in Effect

Effective January 18, 2017, a new rule from the Department of Justice (DOJ) prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals during the new hire employment verification process. Specifically, employers may not treat individuals differently based on their citizenship status, and must use caution in asking for verification of citizenship, visas, or green cards. The goal of the DOJ’s rule is to eliminate unfair immigration-related practices, and while it does not introduce any major changes to current laws, it should serve as a reminder to employers to review Form I-9 policies and current hiring procedures to ensure they are in compliance.

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