Starting in the middle of September, growers will need to be extra vigilant in making sure they are in compliance with the Social Security No Match rule, which will be published in the Federal Register any day now and take effect 30 days later.
Employers who receive notice from the Social Security Administration that an employee’s name and social security number do not match must resolve the discrepancy within 90 days or fire the employee. If the employee in question is not terminated, the employer will risk liability for violating the law by knowingly employing an unauthorized person (illegal worker).
In addition to the new rule, the Bush Administration is releasing a package of immigration reforms to address border security, temporary worker programs and visa issues, according to the Society of American Florists. Civil fines are expected to increase 25 percent. In addition to investigating employers, the Bush Administration plans to reform existing guestworker programs to make them more user friendly.
For more details and analysis, visit the American Nursery & Landscape Association at http://www.anla.org.