Feds on Lookout for Invalid Social Security Numbers
Work site enforcement of U.S. immigration law by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an investigative branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), appears to be increasing — and thousands of dollars in fines already have been levied on some builders.
The stepped-up enforcement includes determining whether or not employees’ Social Security records are valid and experts say employers may need to update their recordkeeping as a result.
When the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines that an employee’s Social Security number is not recognized as valid or appears to be inaccurate, it sends a “no-match” letter to the employer.
The DHS announced in June a proposed interim rule that includes directives to employers for dealing with “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration.
Through the interim rule, DHS is clarifying the procedures an employer would have to take after receiving a “no-match” letter, as well as deadlines for responding to the letter.
The interim rule also establishes non-compliance with the rules as possible evidence of employer disregard for immigration and employment law.
The 60-day comment period for the proposed interim rule ended last month.
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