USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas
On March 21, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
launched E-Verify Self Check
, the first online E-Verify program offered directly to the US workforce. E-Verify Self Check
, a fast, simple, secure and free service, enables individuals to voluntarily check their own employment eligibility status.
First Phase Open To Residents of Five States and DC
USCIS is releasing E-Verify Self Check in phases, with the first phase only accessible to users who maintain an address and are physically located in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.
Availability to Expand After Testing and Further Improvements
The availability of E-Verify Self Check will be limited for the initial launch as the service is tested and improved upon based on the outcomes of the initial implementation.
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Contact Vision Payroll today if you have further questions on E-Verify Self Check.
The federal minimum wage will increase to $7.25 on Friday, July 24, 2009. Therefore, all work performed after July 23, 2009 should be compensated at the higher rate. In addition, the minimum wage will also increase to $7.25 in the following areas: Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Also, the minimum wage in the District of Columbia will increase to $8.25. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the minimum wage increases.
The US District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment to the defendants in a lawsuit by two lifeguards seeking overtime pay. In Miroslav Ivanov, et.al., v. Sunset Pools Management, Inc., et.al., DDC, 07cv410 RJL, July 29, 2008, the two plaintiffs, Bulgarian citizens, alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) among other complaints. Plaintiffs and defendants agreed that the Ivanov brothers worked in excess of forty hours per week and were not paid an overtime premium. Defendant Sunset Pools Management, Inc. (Sunset) argued that it was exempt from the FLSA overtime requirement under the amusement and recreational exemption. The court found conflicting opinions within the Department of Labor as to whether a pool operator qualified under the instant exception, but ruled that the “undisputed evidence in this case demonstrates that Sunset is an amusement and recreational establishment.” The court also ruled that International Training and Exchange, Incorporated, “an international staffing firm that recruits foreign citizens for ‘work-travel’ opportunities in the United States,” was not the plaintiffs’ employer and therefore not liable under the FLSA. Contact Vision Payroll if you have questions on the FLSA and the amusement and recreational exemption.
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Several states have minimum wage increases effective for work performed after July 23, 2008. Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Virginia all have increases to $6.55 to match the federal minimum wage. The District of Columbia minimum wage increases to $7.55. Different minimum wages may be paid to certain classes of employees in some situations. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on minimum wage law changes.
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