Social Security Numbers

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The IRS will not flag, identify or otherwise note a SSN that may be subject to identity theft and subsequent tax fraud. Go figure....

Nearly every day there’s another news story about another company suffering a data breach, either as a result of a lost or stolen device or because the company was hacked. Talk to any number of knowledgeable attorneys skilled...more

Is Use of False SSN Dishonest?

Can you refuse to hire an authorized worker – even a U.S. citizen – because once upon a time he used a false Social Security number? In Guerrero v. California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, No. C 13-05671 WHA...more

Employee Identity Theft - Responses and Obligations

You have done all of your work, you have completed the I-9, carefully checked all of the appropriate documents, utilized e-verify, done your background checks and suddenly you have that sinking feeling in the pit of your...more

Undocumented Worker Case Before California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court has decided to hear a case that could impact the ability of undocumented workers to collect back wages or sue employers for discrimination in California, and may prove instructive in other courts...more

Week in Review - January 16, 2014

This week's headlines charged employers with preserving and protecting data in the workplace. This advice is timely given that this week is “Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week,” a time when employers are reminded to safeguard...more

Past use of a false Social Security number: An employment disqualifier?

By now, most employers have faced situations in which they have discovered an employee has used a false Social Security number. Such discovery usually results in an employee discharge or resignation. A lawsuit filed on...more

E-Verify to Lock Theft-ridden SSNs: We Should All Worry

E-Verify, a semi-voluntary online program by which employers can confirm the identity and work authorization of workers as they are hired, is being programmed to "lock out" social security numbers (SSNs) that have been...more

Immigration Corner: Snapshots of Both Big Picture and Meaningful Small-Scale Developments in the World of Immigration

On November 18, 2013, E-Verify announced an enhancement to combat identity fraud. USCIS can now “lock out” social security numbers that appear to have been used fraudulently. Once locked out, “tentative non-confirmations”...more

USCIS Announces New Security Enhancement Tool for E-Verify System to Combat Fraudulent Use of Social Security Numbers

This month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new enhancement to its E-Verify system aimed at combating identity fraud by identifying and deterring fraudulent use of Social Security Numbers (SSN)...more

New Security Enhancement to E-Verify Meant to Deter Identity Theft May Create Increased Bureaucracy for Employers

On November 18, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the implementation of a new program meant to help combat fraud and identity theft. The new E-Verify safeguard enables USCIS to “lock” a...more

Fraudulently-Used SSNs Can Now Be "Locked"

In an update that addresses one glaring gap in E-Verify, USCIS has announced that Social Security numbers that are used fraudulently (stolen, borrowed or purchased from someone else) will be “locked” in the system, generating...more

Argument Report: Does the Income Withholding for Support Act Require Strict Compliance?

Our reports on the oral arguments from the September term of the Illinois Supreme Court continue with last week's argument in Schultz v. Performance Lighting, Inc. The plaintiff obtained a divorce in 2009 and was...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Strict vs. Substantial Compliance With Withholding Orders

Tomorrow morning, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Schultz v. Performance Lighting, Inc., which poses an important question for domestic relations law: must a Withholding Notice under the Income...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

General Guidelines For Florida Landlords

Below are some general guidelines and checklists that Florida landlords may want to consider when dealing with tenants, including pre-litigation tips and recommended lease provisions. ...more

Huge FCRA Verdict Against Equifax Shows Potential Costs of Failing to Protect and Correct Consumer’s Credit History

Last week an Oregon jury awarded an individual plaintiff over $18 million in compensatory and punitive damages in what some sources have reported to be the first jury verdict in a case brought under the Fair Credit Reporting...more

Immigration Impact: Recognizing and Reducing Liability in Corporate I-9 Procedures

2012 was a record year for Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the agency charged with I-9 enforcement. In 2012, HSI commenced 3,004 I-9 investigations and completed 495, charging...more

New York Enacts Broad-Reaching Law Limiting the Collection of Social Security Numbers

On December 14, 2012, New York enacted A.8992-A/S.6608-A (the “SSN Privacy Law”) into law to help minimize identity theft. The SSN Privacy Law is broad reaching – it applies not only to businesses operating in New York but...more

Congress Amends the Medicare Secondary Payer Act

On December 31, 2012, Congress sent the Medicare IVIG Access and Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act (“the Act”) of 2012 to President Barack Obama for signature. The Act had strong bipartisan support, passing in...more

New York Consumer Privacy Bill Takes Effect

Last week, a New York law designed to protect consumers’ social security numbers took effect. As previously reported, Assembly Bill 8992 prohibits private businesses from conditioning the provision of services on a...more

New York Law Further Limits Use Of Social Security Numbers

On December 12, 2012, amendments to New York’s General Business Law took effect that strengthens protections against the collection and use of employee Social Security numbers. With certain exceptions, the new law prohibits...more

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