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Executive Order Requires State Agencies and State Contractors to Use E-Verify

On December 3, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry issued Executive Order No. RP-80, which requires state agencies and state contractors to use E-Verify. The Order imposes, as a condition of all state contracts for service, a...more

Using the SSA blue book to determine disability

Chicago residents who suffer from disabling conditions often think their impairments clearly qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. However, many SSD claims are denied because of the Social Security Administration’s...more

What Employers Need to Know about the New myE-Verify Program

Last month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the launch of myE-Verify—a new website for employees. Whereas E-Verify is used by employers, the myE-Verify website is intended to be one-stop shop for employees...more

What does a telephone interview with a Social Security claims representative involve?

For people seeking Social Security Disability benefits, a telephone interview is often the most convenient or physically feasible option. However, many Illinois applicants do not know what to expect from this interview....more

USCIS Launches New myE-Verify Service For Employees*

On October 6, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new web-based compliance tool for employees called myE-Verify. The new website will serve as a companion tool to E-Verify, the free...more

Benefit and Contribution Limits for 2015

The Commissioner of Internal Revenue has adjusted the dollar limitations for benefits and contributions that apply to retirement plans. The Social Security Administration has also increased the Social Security taxable wage...more

USCIS Launches New E-Verify Website

E-Verify is the internet-based system through which employers can verify the work eligibility of new hires. Upon hiring a new employee, the employer checks the employee’s information against Department of Homeland Security...more

Massachusetts Treasurer Demands National Mutual Fund Records in Multistate Unclaimed Property Audit

Late this summer, the Massachusetts Treasurer demanded mutual fund records on a nationwide basis as part of a multistate unclaimed property audit. Thirty-five (35) states are involved in the audit, but the Treasurer has...more

Louisiana Issues Advisory Letter Regarding Use of the Social Security Administration's Death Master File

On September 4, the Louisiana Department of Insurance issued Advisory Letter 2014-04 (the "Advisory") to advise all life and annuity insurers licensed in Louisiana regarding use of the Social Security Administration's Death...more

Where Oh Where Could They Be? Finding Missing Participants Under the New DOL Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued updated guidance on locating missing participants in a terminated defined contribution plan. The guidance reflects the discontinuance of the IRS and SSA letter forwarding...more

DOL Guidance Regarding Locating Missing Participants Requires Plan Fiduciaries To Make Reasonable Attempts To Locate The...

Locating and distributing the account balances of missing or unresponsive participants invokes ERISA’s fiduciary duty rules. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) had previously issued guidance outlining the expectations and...more

DOL Updates Procedures for Locating Missing Participants in Defined Contribution Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released Field Assistance Bulletin 2014-01 (the “FAB”), which updates DOL’s guidance on locating missing participants when a defined contribution plan, such as a 401(k) plan, is...more

DOMA, One Year After Marriage Ruling

It hardly seems like it's been an entire year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a huge portion of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which precluded the federal government from recognizing the legally valid...more

When Life Changes, the Social Security Administration Needs to Know

While the Social Security Administration (SSA) frequently conducts reviews to make sure that people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are still eligible for those...more

The Importance of Complying with E-Verify Requirements

Thousands of employers use E-Verify – a voluntary computer system provided to employers by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) that allows employers to verify the employment eligibility of...more

OCAHO Finds E-Verify Participation Does Not Provide Blanket Protection

E-Verify is the internet based system through which employers can verify the work eligibility of new hires. Upon hiring a new employee, the employer checks the employee’s information against Department of Homeland Security...more

ERISA – 9th Circuit: Are There Advantages To De Novo Review Versus Arbitrary And Capricious Review?

You already know that plans that contain “discretionary language” should enjoy a more deferential review by the trial court. But when the plan administrator decides and funds the benefit decision, courts view this as a...more

The Powers and Responsibilities of Representative Payees

Do you have a friend or loved one who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and is unable to manage her payments? If so, you can request that the Social Security...more

Department Of Commerce Seeks Public Comment On Certification Program For Death Master File Access

In response to privacy-related concerns about the potential misuse of the Social Security Administration's Death Master File (DMF), Congress restricted access to the DMF in late 2013. Section 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds ERISA Fiduciaries Must Consider Social Security Determinations Issued After Claim Denial

Courts have long held that ERISA plan administrators need to consider the evidence considered and the determination made by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in evaluating disability benefits claims. But the Eleventh...more

Recent Developments in New Jersey Product Liability Law

As 2014 begins, it is important to note the developments in New Jersey law over the past year that may affect product liability litigation. Two of the more interesting decisions rendered during the past year are Town of...more

Will The New E-Verify Security Enhancement Help Or Hurt?

“E-Verify” is an internet-based system, operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Used in conjunction with Form I-9, Employment Eligibility...more

IRS and SSA Announce Dollar Limits and Thresholds for 2014

The Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration have announced cost-of-living adjustments to the dollar limits on contributions made to, and benefits under, tax-favored retirement and benefits plans, and other...more

Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2014

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced on Wednesday that there will be a 1.5% cost of living adjustment for social security benefits starting with the December 2013 benefits, payable in January 2014. The purpose...more

E-Verify Operations Resume After Government Shutdown

On October 17, 2013, E-Verify resumed operations after the government shutdown. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has issued detailed guidance on how to handle E-Verify functions affected by the shutdown, which is...more

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