Comprehensive Immigration Reform: What It Means for Employers

Date: Thursday, July 18
Time: 1:00 PM ET, 12:00 PM CT, 11:00 AM MT, 10:00 AM PT
Fee: Free

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A well-known immigration attorney will provide a detailed overview of the comprehensive immigration reform bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate, with special emphasis on the potential impact on employers.

Andrew W. Merrills, shareholder and a leading immigration attorney at Ogletree Deakins, will cover key provisions in S.744 that affect such areas as H-1B and L-1 visas, visa programs for lower-skilled workers, and the E-VerifyŽ requirement.

Dave Fowler, Vice President of Product Strategy for Equifax Workforce Solutions and chair of the American Payroll Association Government Affairs Task Force Immigration subcommittee, will provide additional insight on what employers can do to mitigate risk.

Topics to be addressed:

  • The increase in employer penalties for hiring unauthorized workers
  • Requirement for all employers to use E-Verify
  • To what extent the federal bill would preempt local and state E-Verify laws
  • Changes related to H-1B and L-1 visas
  • Changes related to employment-based immigrant visas
  • Proposed point system for new "Merit Based Visa" including increased percentage of employment visas
  • Proposed "W Visa" Program for lower-skilled workers
  • Proposed path to earned legal residency for undocumented immigrants
  • What employers can do to prepare for the possible impact


Andrew W. Merrills
Ogletree Deakins

Andrew concentrates his practice in the areas of U.S. and worldwide business visas and employment-based immigration for multi-national corporations. He works with companies to obtain temporary and permanent work visas on behalf of graduates, new hires, and transferring employees. He also advises companies on employee documentation requirements, employer compliance, and sanctions issues. Andrew possesses extensive experience in setting up appropriate employee hiring and permanent residency process strategies. He is a frequent lecturer on business immigration law topics before trade associations, industry groups, and professional organizations. He has authored numerous immigration newsletters and various articles in professional publications. Andrew was recognized as a Band 1, Leading Individual, Labor & Employment: Immigration in the Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007 through 2013 editions of The Client's Guide.

Dave Fowler
Vice President of Product Strategy
Equifax Workforce Solutions

Dave's responsibilities include new business services and expansion, partner initiatives, and integration of acquired products for Equifax Workforce Solutions. He led the team that developed the electronic I-9 Management service. Dave is the current chair of the American Payroll Association Government Affairs Task Force Immigration subcommittee and was the founder and former chair of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Government Identification Verification Systems (GIVS) committee. Dave also served on the HR-XML Consortium committees that defined standard interface schemas for exchanging Form I-9 data, E-Verify information, and background screening data. He participates in workshops and seminars with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding the Form I-9 and the E-Verify program.

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