The Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) has launched a new webinar series to educate the public about recent changes to IER’s regulations. Formerly known as the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), IER enforces the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which prohibits certain types of employment discrimination based on citizenship, immigration status, and national origin. IER’s mission and functions remain the same as OSC’s.
IER’s revised regulations went into effect on January 18, 2017. The revisions conform the regulations to the text of the INA’s anti-discrimination provision, simplify and add definitions of statutory terms, update and clarify the procedures for filing and processing charges of discrimination, ensure effective investigations of unfair immigration-related employment practices, reflect developments in nondiscrimination case law, reflect changes in existing practices such as electronic filing of charges, and reflect the office’s name change from OSC to IER.
IER is offering information about its revised regulations in its monthly employer and worker webinars, and in stand-alone presentations as well. Topics include the changes to the regulations, how these changes affect the public, and resources for those who would like more information about IER and its regulations. Register for IER webinars here.
In the coming months, IER also expects to post on-demand webinars on the changes to its regulations at www.justice.gov/ier, in English and Spanish.