SHRM Atlanta 2011 Immigration Law and E-verify Workshop

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Date   Aug 30, 2011
Time   11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location   Cobb Galleria Centre
Two Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339

About the Program
This half day workshop will help SHRM Atlanta members stay current with recent legislation around Georgia's new immigration law and the E-verify situation. We want to provide the most current, up-to-date information possible targeted at our HR generalists and managers.

This event is being held in conjunction with the SHRM Atlanta August Chapter Meeting & Community Workshops.

Speaker: Geetha Nadiminti Adinata, Ford & Harrison, Counsel, Atlanta Office

Geetha Adinata is a member of the Business Immigration group in Atlanta. She concentrates her practice on business immigration including evaluating the full spectrum of nonimmigrant temporary work visa options (e.g. H-1B, L-1, E-2, TN, etc) and immigrant visa options (i.e. Labor Certification and other steps required to obtain a green card) for foreign workers, evaluating the immigration implications of corporate mergers and acquisitions, developing immigration strategy for corporate clients, and responding to Immigration Service Requests for Evidence on filed cases. In addition, she counsels clients on I-9 compliance, state and federal E-Verify requirements, and a range of worksite enforcement issues including responding to Social Security No Match letters, Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") Audits and ICE raids. She also conducts I-9 compliance training and audits for corporate clients.

Sessions include:

State-specific Immigration Laws

While immigration has traditionally been the exclusive arena of the federal government, there has been an unprecedented level of state government activity in this area over the last couple of years. The tension between the federal and state governments on the immigration front was recently addressed in an important US Supreme Court decision which upheld the highly controversial Arizona state law requiring all employers to use Everify.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the critical US Supreme Court case, Chambers v. Whitig, and what it means for pending and future state immigration laws.
  • Learn about the general types of state immigration requirements that are being passed and then specific state requirements which often require employers to do more than what is required at the federal level, which means that employers must stay abreast of rapid developments in applicable state laws
  • Learn which states require employers to use E-verify and impose further employment verification obligations so you can ensure your company's compliance.

In-Depth Look: 2011 Georgia Illegal Immigration Reform & Enforcement Act of 2011

This session will provide a detailed discussion of the highly controversial 2011 Georgia state immigration law which was recently signed by Governor Deal. What makes it so controversial and what new requirements does it impose on Georgia employers? Employers will learn how to comply with the law and will understand the weaknesses and ambiguities in the law which make it subject to legal challenge.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what the requirements of the new 2011 Georgia state immigration law are and how to comply ;
  • Learn how the 2011 immigration law contrasts from the 2007 Georgia law and what it means for the future;
  • Understand the pending challenges and enforcement protocol. Who is challenging the law and and on what grounds? How viable are the challenges? What does it mean for the future ?

Federal I-9 Employment Verification and Everify Requirements, Developments and Compliance

Over the last 2 years, there has been a shift in the federal government away from the days of worksite raids to I 9 audits as the preferred method to enforce i9 obligations. The Department of Homeland Security has exponentially increased the number of 1-9 inspections it conducts, and no employer is immune. Therefore, it is more critical than ever that your company's I- 9 employment verification and everify practices are compliant with all applicable laws.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the anatomy of a DHS I-9 Audit and best practices for positioning your company and responding to an i9 inspection so your company passes with flying colors;
  • Learn about the potential civil and / or criminal penalties for sn employer with deficient I-9 's and how to mitigate exposure;
  • Learn how to conduct an internal I-9 self-audit for your company and how it can substantially reduce any exposure your company has for I- 9 violations.
  • Learn about recent federal everify and I-9 developments and requirements.

For registration details, please visit the event website.