DHS guidelines would allow employers to register workers electronically
| 06.12.2006 | 07:19:32 | Views: 2910 | ID:
June 12 '06: New federal regulations promulgated by the Department of Homeland Security and the White House would give employers in the US the ability to register their workers using electronic forms for Social Security numbers in an effort to verify those working the DHS website read. On Friday last week, "the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced ... the release of two Federal regulations to help businesses comply with current legal hiring requirements intended to reduce the employment of unauthorized aliens." Government officials said the new regulations would help curb the amount of "no-match" incidents wherein the Social Security number of an employee does not match the name of the person who has registered under the number.
Department Secretary Michael Chertoff said in the statement, "Most businesses want to do the right thing when it comes to employing legal workers. ... These new regulations will give US businesses the necessary tools to increase the likelihood that they are employing workers consistent with our laws. They also help us identify and prosecute employers who are blatantly abusing our immigration system."Two proposals were created under the new regulations. The first would allow employers to register their workers electronically using I-9 employment forms. The second proposal would set the requirements for businesses handling the electronic submittals. Federal officials said the new guidelines and requirements allowing businesses to register employees electronically would help reduce time, costs to the business and help access to employment records. "Typically," the DHS site read, "when a worker's Social Security number does not match the worker's name on tax or employment eligibility documents, the Federal government sends out a "no-match" letter asking them to resolve the discrepancy." "In fact," the site continued, "out of the 250 million wage reports the Social Security Administration (SSA) receives each year, as many as ten percent belong to employees whose names don't match their Social Security numbers."
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