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Texas House Panel finds that worker misclassification “compromises free markets” and promotes “lawlessness”

A report from a bipartisan panel of Texas lawmakers says companies that pretend their employees are independent subcontractors are undermining free markets and encouraging illegal immigration, among other serious problems. The practice of worker misclassification happens when an employer intentionally skirts the law by paying workers as independent subcontractors when they meet the legal definition of employees and should be paid as such.   Read more »

at Jan 23, 2015 5:01 PM

Allow Highly Skilled Immigration and Boost the Economy

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) just introduced the bipartisan Immigration Innovation Act (I-Squared), which aims to liberalize and expand the immigration system for highly skilled workers.

As virtually all the research shows, attracting more high-skilled immigrants will stimulate economic growth and job creation by boosting innovation and productivity.   Read more »

at Jan 22, 2015 11:43 AM

Stay Informed About the Developing Details Regarding Immigration Reform

In efforts to keep employers apprised of President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform, Monty & Ramirez LLP will provide weekly tips and updates to employers regarding this executive action.   Read more »

at Jan 20, 2015 12:27 PM

Our Work Has Just Begun

In the 114th Congress, House Republicans have the largest majority that we’ve seen in the last 65 years, and Harry Reid’s rule in the Senate has come to an end.

I remain committed to my constituents’ priorities: defunding the President’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, repealing ObamaCare, reining in the EPA, and moving forward with construction of the Keystone pipeline. Now is the time for conservatives to stand united in our fight against this overreaching presidency. Our work has just begun.   Read more »

at Jan 7, 2015 9:43 AM

Ten Steps Every Employer Needs to Do Now to Prepare For Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform

In an effort to keep employers apprised of President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform, Monty & Ramirez LLP has identified 10 steps that every employer needs to do now. 

Listed below are the 10 steps every employer needs to do now to prepare for the executive action on immigration reform. Each week, starting on January 12th, 2015, and ending on March 16th, 2015, we will focus on one of the ten steps in greater detail.   Read more »

at Jan 6, 2015 1:02 PM

Gov. Perry follows in Obama’s footsteps with an immigration executive order of his own

When President Obama could not get what he wanted from Congress on immigration, he simply issued an executive order. Now, it seems Governor Rick Perry is following President Obama’s example.

The Legislature has on multiple occasions rejected mandatory E-Verify. Now Perry’s made an end run around them and mandated it on his own through an executive order. On December 3, Perry issued Executive Order RP80 requiring Texas State Agencies and private entities seeking state contracts to use E-verify, not only on new hires, but on current and prospective employees including subcontractors.   Read more »

at Dec 16, 2014 2:42 PM

Repeal and Replace the Immigration and Nationality Act

President Obama’s executive action on immigration revealed some deep-seated problems with our immigration laws. They include broad grants of presidential discretion, arbitrary immigration restrictions, and complicated quotas that make a mockery of James Madison’s vision of the Constitution. Obama’s executive actions should be seen as a logical consequence and feature of our immigration laws, not some overreach that shreds them.   Read more »

at Dec 15, 2014 5:00 PM

Jorge Ramos Receives Award as the Most Influential Journalist in America and Encourages All: "We Have to Take a Stand"

This past Tuesday the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) — an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide—gave an award to the most influential journalist in America, Jorge Ramos. The award is called the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award, given for "lifetime achievement in defending press freedom."   Read more »

at Dec 5, 2014 5:10 PM

What employers need to know about Obama's executive action

ImmigrationWorks USA held a national conference call to discuss President Obama's announcement of an executive action that will grant work permits to up to 4 million unauthorized immigrants – primarily parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents – who will now be allowed to remain in the U.S. legally.   Read more »

at Dec 4, 2014 11:01 AM

Gov. Perry Announces E-Verify Executive Order for State Agencies

From the Office of Rick Perry - Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted the ongoing need for the state's border security operations, and called on Congress to quickly pass a bill to provide the resources necessary to secure our southern border. In the absence of adequate federal resources, the governor reiterated Texas' commitment to using all available tools to enforce the law, and announced an executive order directing state agencies to use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of current and prospective employees.   Read more »

at Dec 3, 2014 1:50 PM


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