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HHS Extends Medicare Coverage to Same-Sex Couples

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (“HHS”) announced last week that same-sex married couples can now qualify for Medicare Part A and Part B special enrollment periods and reductions in late enrollment penalties....more

The Increasing Importance of Using E-Verify as Part of Your Employment Compliance Plan

On January 23, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that more than 500,000 companies now use E-Verify. E-Verify is an internet-based system that allows employers to verify a new hire’s work...more

E-Verify Errors: The Pitfalls Employers Should Know About

Utah employers with 15 or more employees must register with and use a status verification system to verify work authorization of any new employee. Currently, the only system that verifies work authorization is E-Verify, which...more

Divorce and Retirement: Social Security Administration vs. California Family Law

According to the Social Security Administration’s website, the 1983 Social Security Amendments included a provision for raising the full retirement age beginning with people born in 1938 or later. The Congress cited...more

Plaintiff May Not Use Social Security Disability Determination To Prove Disability In Personal Injury Case

A New Jersey Appellate Division Court holds that the plaintiffs were precluded from utilizing a Social Security Administration disability determination in a personal injury action. ...more

The Impact of Windsor on Social Security Benefits and FMLA Rights

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor, which struck the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) provision limiting marriage to opposite sex spouses, the government agencies have been working on updating...more

Employees Now Notified of SSA and I-9 Mismatches

USCIS has announced an E-Verify customer service enhancement that will inform employees about Tentative Non-Confirmations (TNCs), which result from discrepancies between the data employees provide during the I-9 employment...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Employees Will Now Receive Confirmation of TNCs by Email

If you are an E-Verify user, you know what a “TNC” is. It is a “tentative non-confirmation” provided when information entered in E-Verify cannot immediately be verified in the USCIS/SSA databases....more

CMS Demands Repayment for Items and Services Furnished to Incarcerated Beneficiaries

CMS recently initiated recoveries from providers and suppliers for services furnished to beneficiaries while “incarcerated,” which generally are not covered by Medicare. Such services are not covered because a state or local...more

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

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) E-Verify system will now contact employees directly in the event of a Social Security Administration (SSA) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tentative...more

Legal Alert: Senate Finance Committee Hears Testimony on Proposal to Limit Access to Death Master File

On April 16, 2013, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on “Tax Fraud and Tax ID Theft: Moving Forward With Solutions,” including testimony on proposals to restrict access to the Social Security Administration’s Death...more

Americans Score More Easily Seeking Social Security Disability— Reasons Why Social Security Findings Could Be Rejected by ERISA...

The claimant seeking long term disability benefits under your ERISA Plan was found to be disabled by the Social Security Administration....more

Is Your Company E-Verify Compliant?

In June 2011, North Carolina joined the ranks of an increasing number of states requiring the use of E-Verify. E-Verify is a free Internet-based system that allows employers to determine employment authorization by checking...more

E-Verify to Become Mandatory in Four Additional States

In what has become a fairly recent trend, four additional states will make use of E-Verify mandatory as of January 1, 2013: Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee....more

The Strategic Plan for U.S. Immigration in the Immigration Reform Vacuum

Kathleen Campbell Walker assesses the state of affairs of immigration law and delivers a prognosis for employers: with increased litigation a looming threat for those with poor corporate immigration compliance practices,...more

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

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