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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

Alert! U.S. Federal Government Shutdown Ends…. E-Verify has Resumed

During the federal government shutdown all employers were required to continue to complete and retain Form I-9 for every employee hired, however, E-Verify employers were unable to access the federal government online based...more

Current Immigration Consequences of the Government Shutdown

With the federal government shutdown now a reality, employers should be aware of the immigration consequences. The following outlines how the government shutdown is affecting the operations at agencies that process...more

Federal Government Shutdown Impacts Certain Immigration Processes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Is Not Affected - USCIS operations are fully funded by filing fees paid when petitions and applications are filed, so the agency is not affected by the current federal...more

Government Shutdown

Here is some preliminary information about what to expect while the government shutdown is in effect: E-VERIFY - The E-Verify system is not accepting cases and will cease processing pending cases for the...more

Employment Law Advisory for September 4, 2013: The Employee's Social Security Number Doesn't Match: Now What?

As a result of receiving a so-called “no match letter” from the Social Security Administration, or through other means, employers occasionally learn that the Social Security number stated by an employee during the hiring...more

The White House Reports on Benefits of Immigration Reform

The Executive Office of the President recently released a report detailing the benefits comprehensive immigration reform will have on the U.S. economy. With the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, S-744, now in the House...more

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