Broadcast Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (ET)


Noncompliance with immigration laws is one of the most significant and common issues faced by employers in the U.S. today. Employers must brace themselves for audits and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigations with the Trump administration making its move against illegal immigrants. This move urges employers to always be compliant with I-9 regulations.

Coping with the recent immigration regulatory updates and keeping emerging issues at bay are not without complexities. Thus, it is imperative for employers and practitioners to have sufficient awareness of the I-9 recruitment system and compliance criteria to prevent claims of discrimination and ensure compliance.

In this LIVE Webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent developments in the 2020 immigration law landscape. Speakers will provide a guide to ensure that organizations are compliant with necessary regulations. They will also present best practices and tips to deal with the complex and ever-changing legal climate.

Key Topics Include:

  • The Trump Administration’s Immigration Plan
  • Immigration Plan Outcomes
  • Proactive Measures to Stay Compliant
  • Opportunities and Pitfalls
  • Best Practices and Compliance Tips
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of immigration laws


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credits:

2.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Eileen Scofield, Counsel
Alston & Bird LLP

Eileen Scofield has decades of experience concentrating on immigration law and related legal matters for global, U.S. and foreign-based clients. She provides strategic visa related guidance, has worked with and litigated against the U.S. DHS, CIS, ICE, HIS, U.S. DOL, U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division, etc. on various wage, verification and worksite enforcement issues, fraud matters; managed over 50 workforce-related government agency subpoenas, audits and investigations; advised on federal and state legislation; and been active pro bono activities. She regularly advices on compliance standards, privacy/security, electronic systems, internal audits, external audit response, internal processing, third -party, outsourcing, contracts, M&A/restructure and other corporate issues. Finally, she regularly advises global investors, professional athletes, and individuals on immigration related issues, including data sharing, tax and estate planning, and personal global issues.

Kate Kalmykov, Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Kate Kalmykov focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance. She represents clients in a wide-range of employment based immigrant and non-immigrant visa matters including students, trainees, professionals, managers and executives, artists and entertainers, treaty investors and traders, persons of extraordinary ability and immigrant investors.

Kate leads Greenberg Traurig’s Immigration & Compliance practice group in the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia offices. She works with clients of all sizes in understanding and complying with the immigration laws relating to the hiring and retention of foreign talent. Specifically, her practice focuses on supporting clients and advising them on temporary and permanent residency immigration options for multi-national executive, business, scientific, and information technology personnel. In addition, her practice provides support to companies in the global transfer of personnel. Kate often assists in developing immigration options and strategies in the most unique circumstances, responds to complex Requests for Evidence (RFEs), Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs), and appeals denied cases. She has lead the development of employer compliance programs for DOL related filings including H-1Bs and PERMs, as well as for I-9 employment eligibility verification. She develops and conducts nationwide I-9 compliance trainings and policy manuals for human resources personnel, advises on best practices for EVerify employers, provides guidance on avoiding immigration-related unfair employment practices claims and has successfully defended and minimized penalties in immigration-related government audits.

Diane L. Hernandez, Attorney
Hall Estill

Diane Hernandez concentrates her practice on employment-based immigration law. She has helped many companies sponsor foreign workers for temporary or permanent employment in the U.S., including H-1Bs, intra-company transfers, and extraordinary ability petitions, as well as waiver applications for international J-1 medical graduates and their placement at healthcare facilities in underserved areas.  She has extensive experience with filing for outstanding professors, researchers, multinational managers and executives; advanced degree professionals, registered nurses, and physical therapists. She has filed successful petitions for foreign investors starting companies in the U.S. with initial investments of $500,000 to $1 million. Ms. Hernandez provides guidance to employers regarding I-9 compliance and audit readiness; corporate immigration policies; training related to the E-Verify; and the pursuit of appeals and motions to reopen with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of Labor.


SEGMENT 1: Eileen ScofieldCounsel Alston & Bird LLP

  • Frame up the scope and issues
    • US -- Immigration law includes or: niv, iv, natz, asylee/refugee, employment verification, security/big data, estate planning, M&A, ITAR, Tax, etc
    • Big picture - The Trump Administration’s Immigration Plan
  • Recent highlights of what is new with the following:
    • Global People Issues-PE/PEO
    • US supreme court/Kanas decision
    • NIV
    • IV
    • Public charge
    • Employer verification
    • Fraud and/or Enforcement-FDNS, DHS/ICE, DOJ, B-B, M&A,  Internal Audits
    • Discrimination what’s new and what to do- new
    • H1B litigation- new USCIS strategy

SEGMENT 2: Kate KalmykovShareholder Greenberg Traurig, LLP

  • Anatomy of an I-9 Audit
  • Anatomy of an I-9 Raid: How to Protect the Employer
  • Internal Audits
  • Codifying procedures: Employment Manuals, Internal Training and Best Practices for Employers
  • Overview of DOJ’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) and Its Jurisdiction
  • Complying with DOJ’s Immigration Discrimination and Document Abuse Issues
  • DOL Audits understanding what is involved in an H-1B Public Access File review/ PERM Public Recruitment File inspection
  • Responding to Social Security No Match Letters

SEGMENT 3: Diane L. HernandezAttorney Hall Estill

  • Recent developments in the H1B process, including the addition of a registration requirement, and increased numbers of RFEs and denials; and strategies and expectations for employers going forward.
  • How presidentially-imposed travel restrictions against certain countries, and the spread of the Coronavirus might affect employers planning to hire foreign nationals, and how to respond.
  • How employers can be ready for an unannounced audit visit from the US Department of Labor if they have foreign national employees.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Immigration Lawyers
  • Human Resource Personnel
  • General Counsel
  • Immigration Officers
  • Public and Private Companies
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Eileen ScofieldCounsel
Alston & Bird LLP
Kate KalmykovShareholder
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Diane L. HernandezAttorney
Hall Estill



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