Higher is seeing an increase in offices reporting issues with new employers being extra cautious about verifying a new hire’s employment authorization. When establishing a relationship with a new employer, it is best for employment staff to accompany their clients and act as a hiring guide for both parties. It is essential to know that a client has the right to present any combination of documents listed on form I-9 and that it is illegal for an employer to solicit documents from clients beyond I-9 requirements.
If you or your clients are having trouble with the onboarding process due to documentation issues, you can contact the Immigrant and Employee Rights (IER) Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. This agency enforces the antidiscrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Immigration and Nationality Act
This federal law prohibits:
- discrimination due to citizenship status or national origin in
- or recruitment;
- unfair documentary practices during the
- employment eligibility verification,
- Form I-9
- and E-Verify;
- and retaliation or intimidation
In job readiness training, be sure to provide clients with the IER worker hotline (1-800-255-7688) and encourage self-reporting outside of resettlement services, when necessary. The hotline provides interpretation services upon request.
Want to practice your knowledge of I-9? The Employee Rights Interactive Quiz is great for staff and job readiness training!
For further questions surrounding worker’s rights, see Higher’s blog post on Worker’s Rights Review.