Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Do’s and Don’ts, Tips on SSN “No-Matches” Released


The Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices recently issued the following do’s and don’ts for employers on Social Security Number “no-match” letters. These are letters issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to employers stating that information supplied to the SSA does not match SSA records.

DO:

  1. Recognize that name/SSN no-matches can result because of simple administrative errors.
  2. Check the reported no-match information against your personnel records.
  3. Inform the employee of the no-match notice.
  4. Ask the employee to confirm his/her name/SSN reflected in your personnel records.
  5. Advise the employee to contact the SSA to correct and/or update his or her SSA records.
  6. Give the employee a reasonable period of time to address a reported no-match with the local SSA office.
  7. Follow the same procedures for all employees regardless of citizenship status or national origin.
  8. Periodically meet with or otherwise contact the employee to learn and document the status of the employee’s efforts to address and resolve the no-match.
  9. Submit any employer or employee corrections to the SSA.

DON’T:

  1. Assume the no-match conveys information regarding the employee’s immigration status or actual work authority.
  2. Use the receipt of a no-match notice alone as a basis to terminate, suspend or take other adverse action against the employee.
  3. Attempt to immediately reverify the employee’s employment eligibility by requesting the completion of a new Form I-9 based solely on the no-match notice.
  4. Follow different procedures for different classes of employees based on national origin or citizenship status.
  5. Require the employee to produce specific documents to address the no-match.
  6. Ask the employee to provide a written report of SSA verification.

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Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation, a nationally recognized law firm, has successfully assisted hundreds of clients in immigration matters.

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