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Employee Rights & Employment Eligibility Verification
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Tuesday, April 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss employee rights during the processes for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification and E-Verify with a focus on individuals with Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Anyone interested in this topic, including employees and employers, and their representatives, were allowed to join us.
Federal law requires that every employer complete Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the United States. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from Form I-9 to government records to confirm that an employee is authorized to work in the United States. The law prohibits discrimination in hiring, firing and recruiting, or referring for a fee based on citizenship or immigration status, or based on national origin. It also prohibits retaliation or intimidation against an individual seeking to exercise his or her rights, and discriminatory documentation practices during the Form I-9 and E-Verify processes.
During this teleconference, officials from USCIS and the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) provided a general overview of:
- Employee rights;
- Employee protections from discrimination;
- myE-Verify and other educational resources related to employee rights; and
- IER resources for employees and their representatives.
A question-and-answer period followed the presentation.