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Yearly Archives from 2011

Employer sued by DOJ for I-9 document abuse

The DOJ sued a Georgia employer because the employer demanded different work eligibility documents from its non-U.S. than from its U.S. citizen employees. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) prohibits employers from placing different or additional burden on work-authorized employees based on their citizenship or national origin. An investigation into this employer showed a pattern of discriminatory conduct during the hiring and I-9 process. For additional info see: DOJ

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Marks Gray Attorneys Selected As State’s Top Lawyers By Florida Trend Magazine

Marianne Lloyd Aho and Jeptha F. Barbour, shareholders at Marks Gray, P.A., have been named in 2011 Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™.  This is Ms. Aho and Mr. Barbour’s fourth year included in this list of esteemed attorneys chosen by their colleagues. Ms. Aho and Mr. Barbour are listed in the Civil Trial category. “Having Ms. Aho and Mr. Barbour, once again, named to Florida’s Legal Elite,is a great honor,” said firm President, Gerald Weedon.  “We are appreciative that they have […]

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Attorney Giselle Carson Hosts Panel Discussion At Immigration Law Conference

Marks Gray shareholder, Giselle Carson, was a Discussion Leader at the 2011 AILA’s Annual Conference on Immigration Law. The conference, held in San Diego, focuses on the many complex and, sometimes, confusing areas of immigration law. The conference offered over 115 substantive learning session’s attendees could choose from. Ms. Carson led the panel discussion, Green Cards Part I: Adjustment of Status. The panel explained the basic concepts regarding a foreign national’s eligibility to apply for lawful permanent residence […]

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Attorney Michael D. Kendall Named To The Board Of Directors Of Ronald Mcdonald House Charities Of Jacksonville

Marks Gray is proud to announce Michael D. Kendall has been invited to join the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville. Mr. Kendall has been involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville for four years. “I am deeply honored to be appointed to the Board of Director’s of such a remarkable charity. I hope to make a significant contribution to the organization, its families and the Chapter programs. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville […]

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Sections of Georgia’s new immigration law blocked but not the required use of E-Verify

A federal judge blocked sections of Georgia’s HB 87, a law targeting illegal immigration, including a provision that authorized police to check the immigration status of suspects without proper identification and to detain illegal immigrants.  However, most of the bill remains intact including  a requirement that employers  with 10 or more employees check the  employment eligibility of new hires using E-Verify.  This requirement will be implemented in stages starting January 1, 2012.  Employers should try to remain informed of the requirements of the growing number of immigration related state laws.   CNN […]

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New E-Verify Bill Introduced to the House

Representative and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2164) last week, which would make E-Verify mandatory for most employers. The bill would also eliminate paper I-9s, making worker eligibility authorization entirely electronic. The plan is to gradually phase in E-Verify and phase out I-9s to give employers time to adapt to the new system. Click here to read the press release from the House Judiciary.  

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