February 2017 Issue Highlights
In the Spotlight: Melissa DeVore, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, 2017 Director of Alabama SHRM
- February 2017 note from the editor
- Profile: Melissa DeVore, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, 2017 Director of Alabama SHRM
- Covering Your Employees’ Identities?
- Modernize Onboarding to Accelerate New Hire Engagement by Diane Faulkner
- 5 Key Trends in Hiring Technology That Will Affect You in 2017 by Billy J. Sprague
- Innovate or Die: 3 Things HR Can Do To Create Best Places to Work by Mary Ila Ward
- Book Look: Clash of the Generations by William Carmichael
- 7 Ways to Make a Great First Impression by Harvey Deutschendorf
- Employee Benefits
- Repeal and Replace: The Fate of the ACA by Jennifer S. Kiesewetter
- Is it Time to Review Your HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance Strategy by Stacey Stewart
- Building a Healthier Work Force: Rethinking the Way We Provide Access and Pay for Care by Kerstin Nemec and Tim Norwood
- Choice and Communication are Keys to Successful Consumer-Driver Benefits Program by Austin Baker
- Profiles from Top HR Technology Companies
- Data Facts, Inc.
- Employment Law Update
- What Employers Need to Know Regarding the EEOC’s New Strategic Enforcement Plan by Russell W. Jackson
- Ringing in the New Year: Employment Issues to Monitor in 2017 by Whitney Ferrer
- Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Law and Practice
- Managing Electronic Evidence in the Workplace – The Arrival of the Digital Age by Zachary W. Holt
- Google v. Goverment by Gary Peeples
- The First 100 Days and Beyond: Key Issues for HR in 2017 by Neemah Esmaeilpour
- Is Your Website ADA-Accessible by Abtin Mehdizadegan
- Obama Administration Issues High-Skilled Worker Immigration Regulation January 17, 2017 by Greg Siskind
- The Impact of the Use and Abuse of Prescription Drugs in the Workplace by Brigitte Tubbs-Jones
- Industry News
- 2017 ALSHRM Conference in Birmingham May 16-17
- SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference in Washington, DC March 13-15
- SHRM-Atlanta 2017 HR Conference March 29-30
- 8th Annual TNSHRM Strategic Leadership Conference April 21
- 2017 ARSHRM Conference in Hot Springs April 5-7
- 2017 MSSHRM Conference in Tupelo April 3-5
- 2017 TPMA Conference in Chattanooga April 18-21
- HRCI PHR | SPHR Online Certification Exam Prep Classes Begin February 20
- Next Issue – Rising Stars in Labor and Employment Law. Articles and Ads due by February 10
DOJ Issues Final Rule on Unfair Immigration Related Employment Practices
(January 18, 2017) The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a final rule on December 19, 2016, that revises the DOJ’s regulations implementing certain provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) related to unfair immigration-related employment practices. Although the rule does not introduce major changes for employers, it is a reminder to review your Form I-9 employment authorization policies. The effective date of this new rule is January 18, 2017.
The final rule updates regulations to ensure effective investigations of unfair immigration-related employment practices. It defines “discrimination” in the context of immigration-related unfair employment practices especially related to the process of completing and retaining the I-9. The statute now requires “intentional” discrimination, which the regulations did not include in the past.
The regulations define “discriminate” to include intent, “the act of intentionally treating an individual differently from other individuals because of national origin or citizenship status, regardless of the explanation for the differential treatment, and regardless of whether such treatment is because of animus or hostility.” This could result in discrimination charges based on the impact of practices not intended to disadvantage anyone in a protected class.
The rule clarifies that workers do not need to experience economic harm. It states that the DOJ can investigate without an employee complaint. The statistical evidence can be based on employers use of E-Verify as the DOJ can use data mining of E-Verify.
As a result of this new rule, employers can expect a rise in employment verification enforcement. To view the new rule click here.
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