• The Justice Department reached a settlement agreement with Summit Steel Fabricators, Inc. The government alleged that the Houston-based company engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against non-U.S. citizens by requiring new hires to present additional or specific documentation, such as U.S. permanent resident cards, as part of the employment eligibility verification process. Per the settlement agreement, the company is required to correct its employment eligibility verification practices to ensure that both U.S. citizens and non-citizens are treated equally and properly. Additionally, a civil penalty of $15,400 is being assessed against Summit Steel and the company is required to train its human resources professionals on proper Form I-9 completion practices and to provide regular compliance reports to the Department of Justice.
  • Per the Associated Press report, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has started a new round of investigations to ensure that U.S. businesses employ only properly work authorized workers. ICE's investigation is expected to focus on approximately 1,000 companies that are of key importance to the country's national security and various government and economic functions. ICE will be reviewing employers' I-9 practices and compliance methods.