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At the 2013 Employment Law and Legislative Conference, the SHRM and the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) released its 2013 report, “Navigating the U.S. Employment-based Immigration System.” In it, you will find information about how the U.S. economy can be strengthened and American jobs created through reform of the employment-based immigration system. Topics include:
- Employment-based green cards;
- H-1B and L-1 visas;
- Electronic employment verification/E-Verify;
- Processing efficiencies/Trusted Employer;
- And more, including how America measures up in the global competition for top talent, a history of legislation and glossary of key terms.
When SHRM delegates meet with their senators and representatives on Wednesday, they will discuss these issues in their briefings. The timing of this report release is important. SHRM participants will have time to read and discuss the report’s contents before the briefings and congressional staff members will be able to read more on the issue after.
SHRM is advocating for a trusted employer program somewhat like the government’s trusted traveler program. Employers with strong records of compliance with immigration rules in hiring should be given some break and “trusted” to do the right thing. With fewer government resources for compliance work, it makes a lot of sense to concentrate those resources in areas that need a compliance review and less scrutiny of those employers who work hard to comply.