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2 Dec, 2014

Obama’s Immigration Efforts May Impact Your Company

2018-04-23T23:55:12-05:00December 2nd, 2014|Construction Contractor Advisor, Employee Eligibility|

Late last month, President Obama issued a number of Executive Orders on immigration policy. One main point of the President’s action grants work permits to millions of immigrants who were ineligible for lawful status. If one of your employee’s qualifies for this program, called Deferred Action, you may have to update employee I-9s. Deferred Action The executive order allows qualifying immigrants to remain in the U.S. It also allows individuals [...]

1 May, 2014

Is Your I-9 Process Update-to-Date?

2018-04-23T23:55:14-05:00May 1st, 2014|Construction Contractor Advisor, Employee Eligibility, Employment Eligibility|

We all know that I-9s must be completed when employees start. But, how many of you are doing a good job of completing the I-9 form and, more importantly, keeping the I-9 form and documents which must be attached? Perhaps part of your spring cleaning should be a review of your I-9 process and documentation retention practice. First, some sobering thoughts. The U.S Immigration and customs Enforcement (ICE) is the [...]

9 Apr, 2013

Framing Contractor Indicted for Hiring Undocumented Workers

2018-04-23T23:55:18-05:00April 9th, 2013|Construction Contractor Advisor, Employee Eligibility|

A few days ago, the owners and managers of Advantage Framing were indicted for hiring undocumented laborers. While this practice is nothing new, the size of Advantage Framing’s scheme makes it news worthy. According to news accounts, Advantage had 25-30 crews of 6 laborers working in the field and none of the laborers had work authorization paperwork. Advantage would pay the crew foreman with a check and he would in [...]

29 Jun, 2011

I-9 Audits: ICE Issues Another 1,000 Audit Letters

2011-06-29T06:53:24-05:00June 29th, 2011|Employee Eligibility, Employment Eligibility, ICE, Social Security|

Earlier this month, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it was notifying 1,000 companies that it will inspect their I-9s and the supporting documentation employers are supposed to maintain. ICE declined to name the businesses targeted or the industry, but said that targets range in size from small businesses to nationwide businesses and were selected based on tips or intelligence that led the agency to believe the [...]

15 May, 2011

Responding to Social Security No-Match Letters

2011-05-15T22:30:15-05:00May 15th, 2011|Employee Eligibility, Social Security|

Beginning April 6, 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) resumed sending “no-match” letters to inform employers that employee’s social security numbers do not coincide with SSA’s records.  This is a continuation of the process that the SSA stopped in 2007.  How to Respond             The no -match letters caution employers that receipt of the letter is not a basis, in and of itself, to take adverse action against an employee.  Instead, [...]

2 May, 2011

Calling Contractors, Subcontractors and Builders

2011-05-02T15:23:33-05:00May 2nd, 2011|Construction Contracts, Employee Eligibility, OSHA, Public Contracts|

Welcome to Lamson, Dugan and Murray’s Construction Law blog. Here, we’ll be posting articles on a wide variety of construction related topics, including contracts, liens, dispute resolution, employee problems, insurance coverage, and updates on Nebraska and Iowa law and statutes. We hope that you find our articles beneficial to your business, and if you have a topic you’d like us to write on, drop us a line and we can [...]