Kathleen Campbell Walker – Cox Smith Matthews, Inc.

Immigration Reform in a Vacuum

In the ten years post the September 11 acts of terror against the United States (U.S.) and the more recent economic downturn in the U.S., the issue of immigration reform has been basically an anathema to the public and our…more

| Immigration Law

Self Check Via E-Verify - Do We Care?

Today, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the availability of its Self Check employment eligibility confirmation system to residents in an additional 16 states. Back in March of this year,…more

| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Foreign Investors – A Welcome Mat?

You would think that foreign investors trying to invest money in the U.S. and create jobs might be welcomed with open arms in such difficult economic times, but many investors decide to go to other countries due to the…more

| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

I-9 Central Resource for Employers Now Live

On May 13, 2011, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the availability of its new resource for employers regarding the completion of the I-9 form for new hires. Please refer to the announcement at:…more

| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Be Prepared - SSA No Match Letters to Employers On the Way

On April 6, 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner announced that SSA has resumed sending letters to employers regarding FY 2010 earnings’ records (W-2 Wage and Tax Statement), which appear to reflect an…more

| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

SSA No Match Letters On the Way

On April 6, 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner announced that SSA has resumed sending letters to employers regarding FY 2010 earnings’ records (W-2 Wage and Tax Statement), which appear to reflect an…more

| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

H-1B Conundrum - Establishing the Employer/Employee Relationship -

On August 13, 2010, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, Gladys Kessler, issued a memorandum opinion in Broadgate Inc. v. USCIS concluding that the memorandum issued on January 8, 2010 regarding the required…more

| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Does it Make Sense to Go Electronic for our I-9s?

On July 22, 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule to implement new electronic I-9 regulations effective August 23, 2010. The final rule attempts to clarify certain regulatory provisions through…more

| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Wage and Hour Audits Increase - I-9 Compliance Challenges

While the June 2010 ICE Strategic Plan reaffirmed the focus of the agency’s resources on the enforcement of I-9 compliance through more aggressive audits and the application of civil and criminal sanctions, the Office of Special…more

| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

Arizona SB 1070 Partial Injunction

Recent decision by Judge Bolton of Arizona on SB 1070 shows that federal preemption doctrine is still alive as to US immigration law…more

| Immigration Law

Walking the Worksite Compliance Line: Employers and I-9s

Employers continue to be elevated as a key tool in the ongoing efforts of the Obama administration to increase the enforcement of our dysfunctional immigration laws. Instead of headline catching raids by Immigration and Customs…more

| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Defensive Lawyering in a Potential Era of Constructive Knowledge

Since Secretary Napolitano became the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) earlier this year, it is clear that DHS has realigned its enforcement assets to focus more on employers. As evidence of this…more

| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

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