Aliens -- Undocumented

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    On June 27, the U.S. Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744) boosting the prospects of a major overhaul to modernize the current immigration system for the first time in decades. However, S. 744 is just the first of many steps in fixing a broken system. Although no one denies the...
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    This month, we're answering some questions from our mailbag. The following questions indicate what's been on readers' minds about workplace immigration, and we've provided our best answers. Q We've been transitioning from traditional health insurance to health savings accounts (HSAs) to avoid some Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements. When we...
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    As we reported last month, the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) seems to be garnering support in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill took another step forward on July 10 when the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions reported the bill out of committee. The bill was approved by all 12...
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    During the month of May, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up the comprehensive immigration reform bill that the "Gang of Eight" proposed earlier in the year. During July, we expect to see what the House of Representatives wants to do about immigration reform. Here's a quick Q&A on how some of the most likely provisions will affect...
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    During the month of May, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up the comprehensive immigration reform bill that the "Gang of Eight" proposed earlier in the year. During June, we expect to see what the House of Representatives wants to add or take away from the bill. Here's a quick Q&A on how some of the most likely provisions will affect...
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    As we mentioned earlier this year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expected to receive enough H-1B visa petitions to exceed the annual quota, as always happens. But this year, it did so much sooner than in the recent past. USCIS announced on April 5 that it had reached both the regular cap of H-1B petitions and the separate...
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    Montana's Legislature has adjourned for 2013, but before leaving Helena, legislators passed a number of bills of interest to Montana employers. Lower damages cap for wrongful discharge Senate Bill (SB) 148, sponsored by Senator Llew Jones (R-Conrad), would limit the amount of lost wages and fringe benefits damages available for wrongful...
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    Congress and President Barack Obama appear determined to tackle immigration reform in 2013. Much of the media coverage has focused on border security and citizenship, particularly the hot-potato issue of whether and under what conditions undocumented aliens should have a path to citizenship. Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has...
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    All U.S. employers must comply with the federal regulations requiring verification of workers' employment eligibility. Verification is accomplished by having every employee complete a Form I-9 (known as the "Employment Eligibility Verification Form" ). Failure to complete the process can result in fines levied against the employer, and in cases...
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    As Barack Obama's second administration commences, look for a continuation of strategies and incremental changes from his first term. The balance of power in the federal government remains the same, limiting the administration's ability to push through major changes. With the Senate remaining in Democratic hands and the House solidly Republican,...
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