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OSC Interventions: Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure

Fiscal year covers the period of October 1 thru September 30

Fiscal Year 2014

Houston, TX

On October 28, 2013, an OSC attorney completed a successful telephone intervention to save the job of a work‐authorized Salvadoran national with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The worker contacted OSC after a family member, who attended an OSC outreach presentation at the Salvadoran Consulate in Washington, D.C., suggested that he call OSC's worker hotline. The worker's employer, a large electronics delivery service, terminated the worker because his TPS EAD had expired in September 2013. The worker notified his employer that he had filed for a timely extension of his TPS, but he had yet to receive his new unexpired EAD. The employer demanded that the worker produce an unexpired EAD in order to continue working. OSC contacted the employer and explained that USCIS had issued a notice automatically extending the expiration date on Salvadoran TPS EADs until March 2014. In addition, USCIS advised employers that some workers would not receive their new EADs until March 2014. The OSC attorney also provided the employer with links to the USCIS website. The employer immediately reinstated the worker and was grateful for OSC's guidance.

Washington, DC

On November 1, 2013, OSC intervened to get a TPS recipient back to work. The worker's EAD appeared on its face to have expired on September 9, 2013, but DHS had automatically extended its validity until March 2014. The worker showed her employer the Federal Register notice explaining the automatic extension, but her supervisor insisted that she show a new document and suspended her on September 9th. OSC contacted the employer and explained that DHS issued a notice automatically extending the expiration date of Salvadoran TPS EADs until March 2014. The employer immediately reinstated the worker and provided the worker with compensation for the weeks of missed work.

Richmond, VA

On November 5, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Salvadorian worker with TPS status. The worker was fired after her EAD expired on September 9, 2013. After waiting several weeks for her new EAD to arrive, the worker called USCIS to obtain an update on her renewal card and was referred to OSC. OSC called the company's HR personnel and explained the automatic six-month extension for Salvadorians with TPS status. Also, OSC emailed a copy of the Federal Register notice to the employer. After a few days, the employer decided to reinstate the worker and pay the worker approximately $3,270.04 in back pay.

Palo Alto, CA

On March 10, 2014, OSC assisted a TPS beneficiary in continuing to work. The employer called OSC's hotline because the worker's EAD had expired following the end of the Salvadoran automatic extension of EADs, and she did not have a new EAD. The employer said that the worker had shown a receipt notice and asked if that was sufficient. The employer put OSC in contact with the worker who explained that her original renewal EAD was lost and the receipt notice she showed is for the replacement of her lost EAD. OSC explained to the employer that the receipt was good for 90 days and the employer was relieved that the worker could continue to work.

New York, NY

On July 15, 2014, OSC saved the job of a Haitian TPS recipient who was told that she would be terminated from her job on July 22, 2014, when her EAD will expire. OSC explained to the employer that the worker's EAD has been automatically extended by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) based on a Federal Register Notice, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension on January 22, 2015.

Miami, FL

On July 21, 2014, OSC saved the job of a TPS recipient who was told that he would be terminated from his job on July 22, 2014, when his EAD was to expire. OSC explained to the employer that the worker's work authorization is automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension on January 22, 2015.

Queens, NY

On July 21, 2014, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian worker with TPS status. The worker was asked to produce another EAD because the one on file was to expire on July 22, 2014. The worker called OSC, and in turn OSC called the company's HR representative and explained the automatic six-month extension for Haitians with TPS status. Also, OSC emailed a copy of the Federal Register to the employer. HR representative consulted with other staff and decided to allow the worker to remain on the job without any more interruptions.

Ft. Myers, FL

On July 22, 2014, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian worker with TPS status. The worker was asked to produce another EAD because the one on file was to expire on July 22, 2014. The worker called OSC, and in turn, OSC called the company's HR personnel and explained the automatic six-month extension for Haitians with TPS status. Also, OSC emailed a copy of the Federal Register to the employer. The HR representative decided to allow the worker to remain on the job without any more interruptions.

West Palm Beach, FL

On July 29, 2014, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian worker with TPS. The worker was asked to produce another EAD because the one on file was to expire on July 22, 2014. The worker called OSC, and in turn OSC called the company's HR personnel and explained the automatic six-month extension for Haitians with TPS. OSC also emailed a copy of the Federal Register to the employer. HR personnel discussed the matter with their director and decided to allow the worker to remain on the job without any more interruptions.

Fiscal Year 2013

Key West, FL

On December 17, 2012, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who had applied for a job and presented his unexpired EAD. The employer, a small retail shop, was not sure whether the document was acceptable for I-9 purposes because it had not seen one like it before and because the worker's Social Security card was restricted. OSC contacted the employer, and educated the employer about TPS and EADs. OSC also referred the employer to the USCIS Employer Handbook (M-274). The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

Jacksonville, FL

On January 14, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who had been told by her supervisor that she would have to stop working on January 23rd when her EAD expired unless she could provide a new EAD. OSC contacted the employer, educated the employer about TPS and referred the employer to the Federal Register notice explaining the automatic six-month extension for TPS Haiti. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

Tampa, FL

On January 16, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who had been working for a national retail store. The worker was informed by the HR department that he needed to produce a new EAD by January 23rd when the current EAD expires. OSC contacted the HR representative and educated her about TPS for Haitians and the Federal Register notice explaining the automatic six-month extension for TPS Haiti. The OSC staff member emailed a copy of the Federal Register notice to the HR representative. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

Miami, FL

On January 22, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who had been told by HR staff that he could no longer work because his EAD had expired. OSC contacted the HR representative, educated her about TPS and emailed her a copy of the Federal Register notice describing the automatic six-month extension for Haitians with TPS. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to return to his job immediately.

Tallahassee, FL

On January 22, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who was told by his supervisor that he needed to obtain proof of employment eligibility from USCIS or he could no longer work because of his expired EAD. OSC contacted the supervisor, educated her about TPS and emailed her a copy of the Federal Register notice explaining the automatic six-month extension for TPS Haiti. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

Miami, FL

On January 22, 2013, OSC saved the job of a Haitian TPS recipient who, on December 28, 2012, was told not to return to work in January 2013, unless he had a new EAD. The employee's EAD was not due to expire until January 22, 2013. OSC explained to the employer, a university, that the worker's employment authorization had been automatically extended by USCIS. OSC also advised the employer that it should not request other documents from the worker until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension in July 2013, nor should the employer have terminated the employee before the expiration date. OSC provided the employer with information about the automatic extension of EADs for Haitian TPS beneficiaries, as announced in the Federal Register, and the employer reinstated the employee with backpay.

Fort Myers, FL

On January 22, 2013, OSC saved the job of a Haitian TPS recipient who was told he would be terminated from his job due to the expiration of his EAD. OSC explained to the employer, a large national services provider, that the worker's employment authorization had been automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension in July 2013. OSC provided the employer with information about the automatic extension of EADs for Haitian TPS beneficiaries, as announced in the Federal Register, and the employer decided to allow the worker to continue in his employment. The employer was glad to learn that it did not need to terminate the worker, and was grateful for the guidance.

Boston, MA

On January 23, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who had been told by his supervisor that he would have to stop working on January 23rd when his EAD expired unless she could provide a new EAD. OSC contacted the employer, educated the employer about TPS and referred the employer to the Federal Register notice explaining the automatic six-month extension for Haitians with TPS. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

Palm Bay, FL

On January 29, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who was told by his supervisor that he needed to obtain proof of employment eligibility pursuant to the general contractor's request or he could no longer work with an expired EAD. The worker was taken off the work schedule on January 23rd. OSC contacted the supervisor, the general contractor, and the sub-contractor's HR director and educated them about TPS. OSC also emailed them a copy of the Federal Register describing the automatic six month extension for TPS Haiti. In addition, OSC explained to them that it's the sub-contractor's responsibility to maintain and update the Form I-9 as the worker's employer. The sub-contractor's HR director stated that the worker would be put back on a work schedule as soon as possible and paid lost wages.

Palm Beach, FL

On January 30, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who was told that he needed to obtain a new EAD since the one on file had expired. OSC contacted the company's HR department and forwarded a copy of the Federal Register explaining the automatic six-month extension for TPS Haiti. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

Miami, FL

On January 30, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who had been dismissed his EAD had expired. OSC contacted the HR staff and educated them about TPS and emailed her a copy of the Federal Register explaining the automatic six-month extension for TPS Haiti. The employer stated that the worker would be recalled immediately and paid six days worth of lost wages.

Elmsford, NY

On February 1, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who had just applied for a job but was told that he needed to present a new EAD because the one he presented had already expired. OSC contacted the HR personnel, educated them about TPS and emailed them a copy of the Federal Register, which describes the automatic six-month extension for TPS Haiti. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to begin his training immediately.

Miami, FL

On February 4, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker, who was told by his supervisor that he needed to obtain proof of employment eligibility from USCIS or he could no longer work with his expired EAD. OSC contacted the supervisor, educated her about TPS and emailed her a copy of the Federal Register, which describes the automatic six-month extension for TPS Haiti. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

Greenwood, IN

On February 6, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who was told that he needed to obtain a new EAD since the one on file had expired. OSC contacted the company's HR department and forwarded a copy of the Federal Register, which describes the automatic six-month extension for TPS Haiti. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

New York, NY

On February 7, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker, who was told that she needed to obtain a new EAD since the one on file had expired. OSC contacted the company's HR department and forwarded a copy of the Federal Register, which describes the automatic six-month extension for TPS Haiti. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

Cherry Hill, NJ

On February 19, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who was told that he needed to obtain a new EAD since the one on file had expired. OSC contacted the company's HR department and forwarded a copy of the Federal Register Notice that describes the automatic six-month extension for TPS Haiti. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

On March 7, 2013, OSC assisted an individual with TPS from Haiti to start a job as a home healthcare aid. The employer, a hospital, rejected the worker's automatically-extended EAD because the expiration date on the face of the card had passed, and requested a new EAD. OSC contacted the employer and explained that the worker's EAD remained valid until July 22, 2013, and provided a copy of the federal register notice announcing the automatic extension. The worker started her job immediately.

Ocala, FL

On March 11, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who was told that he needed to obtain a new EAD since the one on file had expired. OSC contacted the company's HR department to explain that the worker is eligible to remain employed based on the automatic extension of Haitian TPS EADs described in the Federal Register notice issued by USCIS. OSC forwarded a copy of the Federal Register notice that explains the automatic six month extension for TPS Haiti. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to return to his job and would be paid two weeks' worth of lost wages.

Nashville, TN

On April 2, 2012, OSC assisted a Liberian TPS beneficiary in successfully renewing her driver's license, after she was not allowed to renew her license due to the expiration date (March 31, 2013) on the face of her EAD. The EAD's expiration date was extended to September 30, 2013, but the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDSHS) would not process early renewals. OSC contacted the TDSHS' counsel who arranged for the caller to return to a local branch and renew her license in an expedited fashion. As a result, the TPS beneficiary was able to drive to work and not miss any work.

Brooklyn, NY

On April 3, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Liberian with Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status. OSC received a call from the Liberian worker, who had been working at the same job since 2011, but was told that she needed to present a new EAD because the one she presented had expired on March 31, 2013. OSC contacted the HR personnel and educated them about the recent automatic extension for those Liberians with current DED status. The OSC staff member made reference to the Federal Register, which identifies the automatic six-month extension for these workers from Liberia. The employer accepted the explanation and stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job uninterrupted.

Columbus, OH

On April 9, 2012, OSC assisted a Liberian TPS beneficiary in successfully renewing his driver's license, after he was not allowed to renew his license due to the expiration date (March 31, 2013) on the face of his EAD. The EAD's expiration date was extended to September 30, 2013 but the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles would not allow him to renew with an expired EAD. OSC contacted the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and arranged for the caller to renew his license.

Boston, MA

On April 24, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who was told that she needed to obtain a new EAD since the one on file had expired. OSC contacted the company's HR department to explain that the worker in question is eligible to remain employed as explained in the Federal Register notice issued by USCIS. OSC forwarded a copy of the Federal Register notice that identifies the automatic six-month extension for TPS Haiti. The employer accepted the explanation and stated that the worker would be allowed to return to her job immediately.

Pittsburgh, PA

On May 15, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who was told that she needed to obtain a new EAD since the one on file had expired. OSC contacted the company's HR department to explain that the worker in question is eligible to remain employed via an automatic extension of EADs for individuals with TPS announced in a Federal Register notice issued by DHS. OSC forwarded a copy of the Federal Register notice. The employer accepted the explanation and stated that the worker would be allowed to return to her job immediately and be paid $420 in back pay.

Broomall, PA

On May 22, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Liberian with Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status. OSC received a call from the Liberian worker who had been working at the same job for several months but was told that she needed to present a new EAD because the one she presented had expired on March 31, 2013. OSC contacted the HR personnel, and educated them about the recent automatic extension for those Liberians with current DED status. OSC made reference to the Federal Register, which identifies the automatic six‐month extension for these workers from Liberia. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job uninterrupted.

New York, NY

On May 23, 2013, OSC saved the job of a Haitian TPS recipient who's USCIS Employment Authorization Document (EAD) expired on January 13, 2013, but was automatically extended until July 22, 2013. The individual is an employee of a company who provides wheel chair service for airline customers passing through JFK Airport. The employee's position requires that the JFK Port Authority issue an identification badge to enter into certain terminals. The individual's identification badge expired on May 21, 2013, and the Port Authority refused to issue him a new badge until he could produce a new Employment Authorization Document. Therefore, the employee was removed from the employer's work schedule. OSC explained to the Port Authority that the worker's employment authorization had been automatically extended by USCIS, and that an employer would not be allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension in July 2013, nor should an employer terminate the employee. OSC requested that the Port Authority accept, for issuing identification badges, the same documentation that is required by an employer to verify identity and employment eligibility for issuing identification badges. OSC provided the Port Authority with information about the automatic extension of EADs for Haitian TPS beneficiaries, as announced in the Federal Register, and the Port Authority agreed to issue a new identification badge until July 22, 2013, at which time the individual would be required to produce a new EAD that will expired on July 22, 2014. The validity of the identification badge would then be extended for an additional year.

Annapolis, MD

On June 3, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a worker with TPS status. After the worker was run through E-Verify and received a TNC, the employer advised her that she could no longer work due to the TNC. The worker called OSC, and in turn OSC called the employer and explained that the worker must be allowed to continue with her employment while she contacts the appropriate agency. The employer allowed the worker to return to her job immediately.

Central Islip, NY

On June 26, 2013, OSC interceded to save the job of a Salvadorian TPS worker. The worker was asked to produce a new EAD because the one on file had expired. The worker had not yet received her new EAD because she had applied for the renewal late. However, USCIS provided an I-94 with TPS approval and the worker showed it to the employer. The employer did not accept the I-94 and insisted on obtaining the actual EAD. The worker contacted OSC. OSC contacted the employer's HR department and discussed the validity of the I-94 stamped with USCIS approval for TPS status. The employer's HR Department decided to reinstate employee immediately.

Dallas, TX

On July 1, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Honduran worker with TPS status. The employee was asked to produce a new EAD because the one on file expires on July 5, 2013. The worker called USCIS to get an update on his renewal, and in turn, USCIS referred him to OSC. The worker called OSC, and OSC called the employer and explained that the worker's EAD was automatically extended for six months. OSC emailed a copy of the Federal Register notice discussing TPS for Hondurans to the employer. The employer allowed the worker to remain on the job.

Irvine, CA

On July 1, 2013, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention to save the job of a Honduran restaurant worker with TPS. The worker had applied for renewal of his TPS EAD and explained to his supervisors that his EAD was automatically extended for Hondurans until January 5, 2014. Despite this, he was provided with a letter stating that he would be removed from the restaurant's schedule when his EAD expired on July 5, 2013. The worker called OSC; in turn, OSC contacted his supervisor and the restaurant headquarters' HR staff to explain that TPS for eligible nationals of Honduras was automatically extended. Based on this intervention, OSC prevented the termination of all Honduran TPS workers for this restaurant chain.

Marietta, GA

On July 3, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Honduran worker with TPS status. The worker was asked to produce a new EAD because the one on file expires on July 5, 2013. The worker had not received her new EAD so she called USCIS and USCIS referred her to OSC. The worker called OSC, and OSC called the employer and explained that the worker's EAD was automatically extended for six months. OSC emailed a copy of the Federal Register notice discussing TPS for Hondurans to the employer. The employer accepted the explanation from OSC and allowed the worker to remain on the job.

Medley, FL

On July 9, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Honduran worker with TPS status. The employee was asked to produce a new EAD because the one on file expires on July 5, 2013. The worker had not received her new EAD, and called OSC as she had been helped by our office in the past with this same issue. OSC called the employer and explained that the worker has TPS status and her EAD was automatically extended for six months. OSC emailed a copy of the Federal Register notice for Hondurans to the employer. The employer allowed the worker to remain on the job.

Dale City, VA

On July 19, 2013, OSC saved the job of a worker, a Salvadoran national legally authorized to work under TPS. The worker called the OSC hotline to report that her employer, one of the country's largest home improvement retail chains, was demanding that she produce an EAD with a new expiration date, because the worker's current EAD is set to expire on September 10, 2013, or she would face termination. OSC contacted the employer's corporate human resources department and explained that USCIS had extended the TPS of Salvadoran workers and automatically extended their EADs to March 9, 2014. Therefore, the worker's EAD would be valid until March 9, 2014. OSC also provided the employer with additional information on the extension of TPS for Salvadoran workers, including a link to the USCIS webpage section that discusses this topic. The employer's human resources representative was thankful for the guidance, and stated that she would disseminate the information on the Salvadoran TPS extension to all regional human resources managers, and she would also ensure that the worker would not be terminated for failing to immediately produce a new EAD.

Schaller, IA

On July 22, 2013, OSC interceded to save the job of a Honduran TPS worker. The worker was terminated after an audit by her employer, a national retail chain, which revealed that the worker's EAD had expired on July 5, 2013. The worker had not yet received her new EAD and was in the process of submitting the paperwork, but her EAD had been automatically extended pursuant to a Federal Register Notice extending TPS for Honduran nationals. The worker explained to her store manager that the TPS designation had been extended, and that she could continue working, but was informed that she could not continue to work due to her expired EAD. When the worker contacted OSC, OSC contacted the employer's HR and audit department and discussed the TPS automatic extension. The employer's HR and Audit Department decided to reinstate employee immediately based on her qualification for an automatic extension. The worker decided to file a charge with OSC in order to seek potential back pay for the period when she was not permitted to work.

Los Angeles, CA

On July 23, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Honduran worker with TPS status. The employee was asked to produce a new EAD because the one on file had expired on July 5, 2013. The worker called USCIS to obtain an update on his renewal, and in turn, USCIS referred him to OSC. The worker called OSC, and OSC called the employer to explain that the worker is under the TPS status and his EAD was automatically extended for six months. OSC emailed a copy of the Federal Register describing the automatic extension for Honduras to the employer. The employer accepted the explanation from OSC and allowed the worker to remain on the job.

Miami, FL

On July 24, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a Honduran worker with TPS status. The employee applied for a job but her employer would not accept her EAD, which had expired on July 5, 2013. The worker presented a copy of her I-797, Notice of Action explaining that she had re-applied for a new EAD but, the employer would not accept the I-797 either. The worker called USCIS to obtain an update on her EAD renewal, in turn, USCIS referred her to OSC. The worker called OSC, and OSC called the employer and explained that the worker is under TPS status and her EAD was automatically extended for six months. OSC emailed a copy of the Federal Register describing the automatic extension for Honduras to the employer. The employer accepted the explanation from OSC and allowed the worker to begin employment immediately.

Aurora, CO

On July 30, 2013, a hotline caller with TPS sought assistance from OSC after she was terminated despite possessing an EAD that had been automatically extended. An OSC attorney spoke with the employer to explain that the worker was eligible for employment and provided supporting documentation. The employer immediately reinstated the worker and further agreed to compensate the employee with $1261 in lost wages.

Houston, TX

On August 6, 2013, a hotline caller with TPS sought assistance from OSC after she was terminated despite possessing an EAD that had been automatically extended. An OSC attorney spoke with the employer to explain that the worker was eligible for employment. At the time of her termination, the worker had requested a transfer to the employer's Denver, Colorado location. The employer reinstated the worker to a supervisory position in the Denver, Colorado location on August 19.

Jacksonville, FL

On August 12, 2013, OSC received word that an individual who had been impermissibly terminated in March, 2013 was rehired and paid $7,028 in back pay. The worker had Deferred Enforced Departure ("DED") status, which allows her to work in the United States. In this case the worker's expired EAD had been automatically extended pursuant to Federal Register for all individuals from Liberia with DED status. The worker was terminated from her position at a geriatric center even though she informed her employers that she had an automatic extension of her DED status. The worker heard of OSC from a friend several months after her termination, and called OSC's worker hotline. After receiving information from OSC, the employer recognized its error, rehired the worker, and gave her full back pay for the four months missed.

Frederick, MD

On August 27, 2013, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention assisting a person with TPS status to obtain his driver's license. The individual appeared at the DMV office to renew his driver's license; however, DMV personnel refused to process the renewal because his EAD was about to expire. The individual called OSC; in turn, OSC called the DMV office and offered to email the Federal Register notice outlining the automatic extension for TPS El Salvador. The DMV manager accepted the explanation and stated that the agency would process the driver's license renewal.

Mineola, NY

On August 30, 2013, OSC completed a hotline intervention, ensuring that a TPS beneficiary would not be terminated. The worker, a Salvadoran national, contacted OSC because her employer told her that she would have to present proof of her work authorization as her current EAD has an expiration date of September 9, 2013. An OSC attorney contacted the employer and explained that DHS extended the validity of EADs held by Salvadorans with TPS until March 9, 2014, and provided the employer with a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. After discussing the matter with the employer, the employer decided not to terminate the worker.

Lubbock, TX

On September 4, 2013, OSC completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a Salvadorian employee with TPS status. The employer, a meat packing company, had advised the employee to produce a new EAD because the one on file was set to expire, and threatened to fire the worker if the worker did not comply. The worker called OSC as he had done in the past. In turn, OSC contacted the employer and educated the employer about the six-month extension indicated on the latest Federal Register regarding TPS for El Salvador. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to continue employment without interruption.

Columbus, OH

On September 11, 2013, OSC completed a hotline intervention, ensuring that a TPS beneficiary would not be terminated. The employer, a retail store, contacted OSC because one of its employees has been suspended. The worker, a Salvadoran national, was told by his employer that he would have to present proof of his work authorization as his current EAD has an expiration date of September 9, 2013, before he could return to work. An OSC attorney informed the employer that DHS extended the validity of EADs held by Salvadorans with TPS until March 9, 2014, and provided the employer with a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. After discussing the matter with the employer, the employer decided to call the employee back to work and give him the two days back pay that he lost.

Fairfax, VA

On September 11, 2013, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention to save the job of a Salvadorian with TPS status. The employer called OSC to inquire if it could fire the worker because of the expired EAD. After a few questions from OSC to confirm that the EAD identified the worker as a Salvadorian with TPS status subject to an automatic employment authorization extension, OSC explained the automatic six-month extension to the employer and emailed a copy of the Federal Register notice. The employer stated that worker will remain on the job uninterrupted.

Alexandria, VA

On September 11, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a worker with TPS status. The worker was fired because of her expired EAD. The worker called USCIS to obtain an update on her renewal card and was referred to OSC. OSC called the company's HR personnel and explained the automatic six-month extension for Salvadorians with TPS status. Also, OSC emailed a copy of the Federal Register notice explaining the extension. The employer reinstated the worker immediately.

Norman, OK

On September 16, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a worker with TPS status. The worker was fired because of his expired EAD and called OSC as he had done in previous years. In turn, OSC called the company's HR personnel and explained the automatic six-month extension for Salvadorians with TPS status. Also, OSC emailed a copy of the Federal Register notice to the employer. The worker was reinstated immediately.

Raleigh, NC

On September 18, 2013, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention to save the job of three Salvadorians with TPS status. The employer called OSC to inquire if it could hire the workers because each of them had presented an expired EAD. After a few questions from OSC to confirm that the EAD had the correct category assigned and the correct expiration dates, OSC explained to the employer the automatic six-month extension under TPS and emailed a copy of the Federal Register notice to the employer. The employer stated that the workers would be allowed to start their employment immediately.

Baltimore, MD

On September 21, 2013, an individual with TPS from El Salvador was able to renew his Maryland driver's license after several weeks of delay. The individual had originally been incorrectly denied a renewal by the Maryland DMV due to the DMV's misunderstanding of the individual's status. The individual called OSC for assistance, and an OSC attorney contacted a Maryland DMV administrative worker whom the OSC attorney had called in years past regarding this issue. After several phone calls and emails, the worker was correctly verified and issued a driver's license.

Panorama City, CA

On September 25, 2013, OSC intervened to save the job of a worker with TPS status. The worker was fired because of his expired EAD. The worker called USCIS to obtain an update on his renewal card and was referred to OSC. OSC called the company's HR personnel and explained the automatic six-month extension for Salvadorians with TPS status. Also, OSC emailed a copy of the Federal Register notice; the worker was reinstated immediately.

Fiscal Year 2012

Allentown, PA

On October 5, 2011, OSC successfully intervened on behalf of a job applicant who is a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The employer (a home health agency) called OSC because the applicant had presented an expired EAD card. OSC explained that the applicant's EAD had automatically been extended from July 21, 2011, to January 22, 2012. OSC provided the Federal Register notice to the employer and explained that employers must accept the automatically extended EAD and include the expiration date on the I-9 form pursuant to the TPS extension. The employer agreed to allow the worker to work.

Longwood, FL

On October 11, 2011, OSC saved the jobs of two Haitian TPS recipients who were going to be terminated from their jobs due to the expiration of their EADs. OSC explained to the employer that the workers' employment authorization had been automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the employees until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension in 2012. The employer was excited to learn that it did not need to terminate its workers, and was grateful for the guidance.

Nashville, TN

On October 14, 2011, as the result of a successful telephone intervention by OSC, a Liberian recipient of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) was able to renew her driver's license and return to work. The Tennessee Department of Safety initially refused to renew the DED recipient's driver's license because her EAD bears an expiration date of September 30, 2011, and she did not prove that she registered for a new EAD. We contacted the Tennessee Department of Safety headquarters about the automatic extension of work authorization for Liberian DED recipients until March 30, 2012. Consequently, the Liberian was able to renew her driver's license and return to work.

Buffalo, NY

On October 24, 2011, OSC saved the job of a Haitian TPS recipient who was going to be terminated from his job due to the expiration of his EAD. OSC explained to the employer that the worker's authorization had been automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension in 2012. The employer was glad to learn that it did not need to terminate the worker and was grateful for the guidance.

Minneapolis, MN

On October 25, 2011, OSC completed a successful intervention and saved the job of a Liberian DED beneficiary. The individual was offered a job with a residential program for developmentally disabled adults, but the employer would not accept his automatically extended EAD. OSC called the employer and informed it that it could rely on the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension, and that the worker would not receive an individualized notice of the extension. The employer decided to allow the worker to work.

Palm City, FL

On October 25, 2011, OSC completed a successful intervention and saved the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The employer, a home healthcare agency, would not accept the worker's automatically extended EAD until OSC called and explained that the employer could rely on the Federal Register notice as proof of the automatic extension. The employer decided to hire the employee and does not intend to request any other employment eligibility verification documents until January 22, 2012.

West Palm Beach, FL

On October 26, 2011, OSC completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. The TPS recipient called the OSC worker hotline after being told he would be fired because of the expiration date listed on his EAD. OSC contacted the employer and educated the employer about the six-month automatic extension of work authorization for TPS recipients. OSC also provided a copy of the Federal Register notice detailing the extensions and explained to the employer how to annotate the I-9 form for reverification purposes. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

Silver Spring, MD

On November 7, 2011, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The worker recently began working at a national fast food restaurant that was the subject of ICE audits in 2011. A compliance officer in the corporate office told the restaurant manager that the employee could not continue working because her EAD had expired. OSC called the compliance officer and outside counsel for the restaurant chain in order to assure the worker, whose EAD was automatically extended until January, 2012, that she could return to work and be paid for the hours of work she lost.

Council Bluffs, IA

On November 8, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. A worker called the OSC hotline after his employer terminated him because the employer did not believe that he had provided sufficient proof of work eligibility. The worker had presented an EAD that seemingly expired on July 22, 2011. OSC emailed the employer the Federal Register notice and explained that employers must accept the automatically extended EAD. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue his employment until January 22, 2012.

Miramar, FL

On November 18, 2011, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention which allowed a Haitian TPS beneficiary to begin employment at a men's clothing store. The worker went to the store for his first day for orientation and was told he could not begin working until he received a renewed EAD. OSC called the store to explain that the worker's EAD was automatically extended for six months, from July 22, 2011 to January 22, 2012, and it could be an immigration-related unfair employment practice (document abuse) to reject the document. The store manager agreed to invite the worker to return for an orientation and to begin working.

Lauder Hill, FL

On November 21, 2011, OSC saved the job of a Haitian TPS recipient who was going to be terminated from her job due to the expiration of her EAD. OSC explained to the employer that the worker's authorization had been automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension on January 22, 2012. The employer was relieved to learn that it did not need to terminate the worker and was grateful for the guidance.

Salisbury, MD

On December 13, 2011, OSC saved the job of a Honduran TPS recipient who was going to be terminated from her job due to the imminent expiration of her EAD. OSC explained to the employer that the worker's authorization is automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension in 2012. The employer was glad to learn that it did not need to terminate the worker, and was grateful for the guidance.

Arlington, TX

On December 22, 2011, OSC saved the job of a Liberian worker with Delayed Enforced Departure (DED) who had been terminated after receiving an erroneous E-Verify FNC. E-Verify issued a TNC after the employer incorrectly entered the worker's birth date. As a result, the employer instructed the worker go to SSA to resolve the error. The TNC reverted to an FNC because the worker was unable to resolve the error with SSA. The worker subsequently called OSC's hotline, where an OSC attorney reviewed documentation and noted the incorrect birth date. Despite acknowledging its error, the employer initially did not want to run the worker through E-Verify a second time, but eventually reconsidered. E-Verify confirmed the worker's eligibility to work when his information was re-entered. As a result, the worker was put on active status.

Garland, TX

On January 5, 2012, OSC intervened on behalf of a Honduran national with TPS and saved his job. The individual informed OSC that his employer was suspending him because his EAD expired. OSC contacted the employer and explained that the employee is under the TPS program and is work-authorized. OSC advised the employer that DHS has granted an automatic extension for individuals with TPS until July 5, 2013, and that EADs with expiration dates of 01/05/2012 and category of A-12 or C-19 have been automatically extended until July 5, 2012. Also, OSC provided a link to the Federal Register notice explaining the extension. The employer decided to let the worker continue working.

Houston, TX

On January 5, 2012, OSC intervened on behalf of a Honduran national with TPS and saved his job. The individual informed OSC that his employer was suspending him because his EAD expired. OSC contacted the employer and explained that the employee is under the TPS program and is work-authorized. OSC advised the employer that DHS has granted an automatic extension for individuals with TPS until July 5, 2013, and that EADs with expiration dates of 01/05/2012 and category of A-12 or C-19 have been automatically extended until July 5, 2012. Also, OSC provided a link to the Federal Register notice explaining the extension. The employer decided to let the worker continue working.

Aurora, CO

On January 6, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Honduran TPS recipient who was going to be terminated from her job due to the expiration of her EAD. OSC explained to the employer that the worker's employment authorization has been automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension in July 2012. The employer was glad to learn that it did not need to terminate the worker, and was grateful for the guidance.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

On January 6, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Guatemalan national with Honduran TPS as the result of a successful intervention. The worker called OSC to report that he does not have access to his workplace because the badging office at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport refused to renew his badge, citing the expiration date of January 5, 2012, shown on the face of his EAD. OSC contacted the badging office and explained that the worker is work-authorized because DHS has granted an automatic extension until July 5, 2012, for individuals registered under the Honduran TPS program. Also, OSC provided the office with a link via e-mail to the Federal Register notice authorizing the extension. The worker subsequently informed OSC that his badge was renewed and he was able to work.

Los Angeles, CA

On January 6, 2012, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention and saved the job of a Honduran TPS beneficiary who works at a uniform rental and linen supply company. When her EAD expired on January 5, 2012, the worker was suspended because her employer required her to produce a renewed EAD. OSC contacted the employer and explained that EADs for Honduran TPS beneficiaries were automatically extended for six months. The employer reinstated the worker.

Los Angeles, CA

On January 10, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Honduran worker with TPS who had been suspended without pay. The worker's employer had refused to accept evidence provided by the employee showing that TPS was extended to all qualified Honduran and Nicaraguan TPS recipients by USCIS for an additional 18 months until July 5, 2013, and that these recipients' employment authorization was automatically extended until July 5, 2012. After OSC contacted the employer, it reinstated the employee with back pay. Additionally, when the previous Honduran TPS extension was announced on May 5, 2010, the worker had also been subjected to suspension without pay until she had received her new EAD, even though USCIS had automatically extended Honduran TPS recipients' employment authorization. As a result of the January 10, 2012, intervention, the employer indicated that it was also considering paying the employee back pay for the time she was previously suspended.

Palm City, FL

On January 10, 2012, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention and saved the job of a Honduran TPS beneficiary. Her card was automatically extended pursuant to a Federal Register notice published by USCIS. Although she presented a notice about the extension to her employer, a "private golf home community," the employer refused to honor the notice and suspended the worker. The employer called USCIS and interpreted the information received to mean that the worker would need to present a receipt proving she had re-registered for TPS. USCIS receipts can take up to 30 days to arrive, so the worker could have lost one month of work. OSC explained that the extension was automatic, and provided the employer with a detailed email with links to USCIS web pages that refute the incorrect guidance given by USCIS customer service. The employer immediately allowed the worker to return to her employment.

Miami, FL

On January 10, 2012 OSC completed a successful telephone intervention and saved the job of a Honduran TPS beneficiary whose employer called USCIS and interpreted the information provided to mean that the worker could not work without a re-registration receipt. OSC sent the employer, a home health agency, a detailed email with links to USCIS and instructions for correcting the Form I-9. The employer decided to allow the worker to continue in her employment.

Washington, DC

On January 11, 2012, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention and saved the job of a Honduran TPS beneficiary who is employed by a health insurance company. The worker's employer sent her an email stating she would not be allowed to continue working unless she provided a renewed EAD. She visited C.A.R.E.C.E.N. (Central American Resource Network), the agency that prepares her applications to re-register for TPS, and was referred to OSC. OSC contacted the employer and provided information about the automatic extension, and the worker is no longer in danger of losing her employment.

Edison, NJ

On January 11, 2012, OSC completed a hotline intervention, saving the job of a beneficiary of Honduran TPS. The worker called OSC because her employer had suspended her and was demanding a new EAD and a receipt notice showing the worker had re-registered for TPS, despite DHS's recent automatic extension of EADs held by individuals with Honduran TPS. OSC contacted the employer and explained that it must accept the worker's existing EAD if it met the criteria laid out in the Federal Register notice and that it may not require any additional documentation. The employer brought the worker back on and paid the worker for the days that she missed.

Charlotte, NC

On January 18, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Honduran TPS beneficiary as the result of a successful intervention. The worker called OSC to report that her employer was requiring her to produce a renewed EAD. OSC called the employer to explain that Honduran TPS EADs bearing an expiration date of January 5, 2012, had been automatically extended until July 5, 2012. OSC provided the employer with a link via e‐mail to the Federal Register notice authorizing the extension. The employer decided to permit the worker to continue in his employment.

Calhoun, GA

On January 19, 2012, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention allowing a worker under Honduran TPS to return to work and receive back pay. The worker missed approximately one week of work when he could not produce an updated EAD or other documentation at the request of the HR department after his existing EAD expired on January 5, 2012. OSC explained to the HR representative that the worker's EAD was automatically extended for six months pursuant to a USCIS re-designation of Honduran TPS and that the worker was not required to produce additional documentation. OSC sent the company a link to the USCIS TPS web page which further explained the TPS re-designation and automatic EAD extension. The company decided to pay the employee back pay in the amount of approximately $880.

Los Angeles, CA

On January 20, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Honduran TPS recipient as a result of a successful intervention. The worker was going to be terminated from his job because his current EAD bears an expiration date that has already passed. OSC explained to the employer, a large national cable provider, that the worker's authorization had been automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension in July 2013. The employer was grateful for the guidance and decided not to terminate the worker.

Marietta, GA

On January 24, 2012, OSC completed a hotline intervention, saving the job of a beneficiary of Honduran TPS. The worker called OSC because her employer, a hospital, had suspended her and was demanding a new EAD and a receipt notice showing the worker had re-registered for TPS, despite DHS's recent automatic extension of EADs held by individuals with Honduran TPS. OSC contacted the employer and explained that it must accept the worker's existing EAD if it met the criteria laid out in the Federal Register notice and that it may not require any additional documentation. The employer brought the worker back on and paid the worker for the three weeks that she had missed.

Cedar Knolls, NJ

On January 26, 2012, OSC intervened on behalf of a Honduran national with TPS and saved his job. The individual informed OSC that his employer "Wal-Mart" suspended him because his EAD bears an expiration date of January 5, 2012. OSC contacted the employer's counsel and explained that the worker's authorization to work has been extended because DHS granted an automatic extension for Honduran TPS recipients. The employer decided to let the worker continue working.

Little Rock, AR

On January 27, 2012, OSC completed a successful intervention and ensured that a Honduran national with TPS was issued a renewed driver's license in a timely manner. While attempting to renew her driver's license, the Arkansas Office of Driver Services required the employee to present copies of her EAD so that it could verify her immigration status through the SAVE program. After three weeks, the worker called OSC for assistance. Shortly thereafter, OSC contacted an attorney in the Arkansas Office of Revenue, Legal Counsel and directed him to the Federal Register notice that explains that TPS has been automatically extended to Honduran recipeints. The Office of Driver Services decided to renew the driver's license for six months to allow time for the TPS application to be processed.

Torrance, CA

On February 2, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Honduran national with TPS as the result of a successful intervention. The TPS recipient called the OSC worker hotline to report that her employer was suspending her because her EAD bears an expiration date of 01/05/2012. OSC contacted the employer and explained that the worker is work authorized. OSC advised the employer that DHS has granted an automatic extension for TPS recipients until July 5, 2013, and, in most instances, their EADs with expiration dates of 01/05/2012 have been automatically extended until July 5, 2012. OSC also provided a link to the Federal Register notice explaining the extension. The employer decided to let the worker continue working.

Orange County, CA

On February 2, 2012, an OSC attorney helped an immigrant with TPS obtain his real estate license renewal after a California state agency denied his application because of his seemingly expired EAD. The OSC attorney called the relevant official and explained that the worker had an automatic extension of his EAD, and that he remained automatically work-authorized for several more months. The official decided to reverse her decision and published the worker's name on the government website of approved agents, which had immediate efficacy. The official also decided to use part of OSC's TPS flyer in its manual so that future officials will know not to automatically reject an expired EAD if the immigrant has submitted the federal register notice along with the license renewal.

Annandale, CA

On February 10, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient who was going to be terminated from her job due to the expiration of her EAD. OSC explained to the employer, a large national home improvement chain, that the worker's employment authorization had been automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension in September 2013. The employer was glad to learn that it did not need to terminate the worker, and was grateful for the guidance.

Pembroke Pines, FL

On February 10, 2012, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention and saved the job of a Honduran TPS beneficiary. The pre-school where the worker is employeed as a janitor demanded she provide a renewed EAD, since the school was being audited. OSC provided the employer with information about the automatic extension of EADs for Honduran TPS beneficiaries, as announced in the Federal Register, and the employer decided to allow the worker to continue in her employment.

Landover, MD

On February 14, 2012, an OSC attorney saved the jobs of nine workers at a large meat processing plant. During an outreach event hosted by the Salvadoran Consulate of Washington, DC, OSC staff learned that an employer had informed the workers, all of whom are Salvadoran TPS holders, that they would be terminated from their jobs unless they produced new, unexpired EADs by March 9, 2012. The OSC attorney contacted the employer to explain that Salvadoran TPS holders were granted an extension of their employment authorization, and their expired EADs have been automatically extended until September 9, 2012. The employer was grateful for the information and decided not to terminate the workers.

Valencia, CA

On February 27, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Honduran national with TPS as the result of a successful intervention. The TPS recipient called the OSC worker hotline to report that her employer was going to terminated her because her EAD bears an expiration date of January 5, 2012. OSC contacted the employer and explained that the worker is work-authorized because she is a TPS recipient. OSC advised the employer that DHS has granted an automatic extension for TPS recipients until July 5, 2013, and, in most instances, their EADs with expiration dates of January 5, 2012, have been automatically extended until July 5, 2012. The employer was glad to learn that it did not need to terminate the worker, and was grateful for the guidance.

Silver Spring, MD

On February 28, 2012, OSC resolved a successful telephone intervention and saved the job of a Honduran TPS beneficiary. After she was offered employment with a cellular services franchise, the employer refused to hire her because her EAD appeared expired. Although the employee presented information about the automatic extension of Honduran TPS EADs until July 5, 2012, the employer refused to allow her to work until OSC intervened. OSC provided a copy of the Federal Register notice and a USCIS flyer explaining the documentation employers must accept from TPS beneficiaries with auto-extended EADs. The employer decided to allow the worker to begin her employment.

Las Vegas, NV

On March 6, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran national with TPS as the result of a successful intervention. The TPS recipient called the OSC worker hotline to report that her employer will be suspending her because her EAD will expire on March 9, 2012. OSC advised the employer that DHS has granted an automatic extension for TPS individuals from El Salvador until September 9, 2013, and that EADs with expiration dates of March 9, 2012, and category of A-12 or C-19 have been automatically extended until September 9, 2012. Also, OSC provided a link to the Federal Register notice explaining the extension. The employer decided to let the employee continue working.

Hyattsville, MD

On March 6, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient who was going to be terminated from his job due to the expiration of his EAD. OSC explained to the employer, a large national retail chain, that the worker's employment authorization had been automatically extended by DHS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of DHS' automatic extension in September 2013. OSC provided the employer with additional information about the automatic extension of EADs for Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries, as announced in the Federal Register, and the employer decided to allow the worker to continue in his employment. West Babylon, NY

On March 8, 2012, an OSC attorney performed an intervention on behalf of over a dozen TPS recipients from El Salvador who were told they would be suspended from their jobs if they did not bring in an unexpired EAD. The HR manager had erroneously refused to abide by the information contained in a Federal Register notice explaining the automatic extension of TPS. After speaking with the OSC attorney and referencing USCIS' Employer Handbook (M-274), the employer stated that she would rescind her previous suspension policy and allow the employees until September 9, 2012, to provide updated documents proving continued employment authorization.

Las Vegas, NV

On March 8, 2012, an OSC attorney intervened to preserve the job of a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary. The employee's EAD was set to expire on March 9, 2012, but her EAD had been automatically extended until September 9, 2013, by federal register notice. The employer said that the worker would be fired on March 9, 2012, if the new card did not come. OSC contacted the employer and provided the relevant information about the automatic extension. The employer decided not to terminate the employee or require any additional documents.

Baltimore, MD

On March 9, 2012, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention and saved the job of a TPS visa holder from El Salvador. Though her EAD expired on March 9, 2012, the employer was informed that an automatic extension of six months was granted by DHS for the EADs of all TPS visa holders from El Salvador. As a result of DHS's extension, Salvadoran TPS visa holders could continue working with their current EADs.

Franklin, TN

On March 9, 2012, OSC intervened in the case of a TPS recipient who was denied a driver's license because the DMV erroneously believed that the individual was not work-authorized. The worker called OSC's hotline and OSC reached out to the Directory of Safety that is in charge of the licensing protocols. The director stated that he would give guidance to the DMVs on how to properly authenticate an individual's work authorization, and that he would flag the TPS issue for all DMV locations. Shortly thereafter, the worker who called OSC's hotline was able to be processed for a license renewal.

Brighton, CO

On March 12, 2012, as the result of a successful telephone intervention, OSC ensured the continued employment of a Salvadoran national residing and working in the United States under TPS. The Salvadoran attempted to renew his Colorado driver's license by presenting his EAD that had been automatically extended by the DHS by virtue of a notice in the Federal Register. The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (CDMV) refused to renew the worker's license, which prevented him from driving to work. OSC contacted the operations chief, and the matter was resolved. The CDMV subsequently renewed the TPS recipient's driver's license and is taking steps to ensure that all of its offices are aware of the automatic work authorization extension for TPS recipients.

Washington, DC

On March 12, 2012, OSC saved the job of 11 Salvadoran TPS recipients who were going to be terminated from their jobs due to the expiration of their EADs. OSC explained to the employer, a prominent property management firm, that the workers' authorization had been automatically extended by DHS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the workers until the expiration of DHS's automatic extension in September 2013. The employer was glad to learn that it did not need to terminate the workers, and was grateful for the guidance.

New York, NY

On March 12, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran national with TPS as the result of a successful intervention. The TPS recipient called the OSC worker hotline to report that his employer terminated him because his EAD expired March 9, 2012. OSC contacted the employer, a hotel, and explained that the worker is work-authorized because of the automatic six-month EAD extension granted by DHS for Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries. The employer immediately reinstated the worker.

Silver Spring, MD

On March 12, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient who was going to be terminated from her job due to the expiration of her EAD. OSC explained to the employer, a well-known chain of thrift stores, that the worker's employment authorization had been automatically extended by DHS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of DHS's automatic extension in September 2013. The employer was glad to learn that it did not need to terminate the worker, and was grateful for the guidance.

Salinas, CA

On March 12, 2012, OSC completed a hotline intervention, ensuring that a beneficiary of Salvadoran TPS would not lose work. The worker's employer called because the worker had been unable to present a new EAD, even though his current EAD is valid until September 9, 2012, due to an automatic extension by DHS. The employer had given the worker one additional week to provide an updated document but called OSC in the meantime to ask for proof of the automatic extension. OSC explained the automatic extension and directed the employer to the Federal Register notice. The employer agreed to not require any additional documentation.

Los Angeles, CA

On March 12, 2012, OSC learned that a TPS recipient who had been erroneously denied unemployment benefits would have his benefits reinstated. The worker called OSC's hotline after he was told by the California state agency (the Employment Development Department) (EDD) that his benefits would be suspended because he had been incorrectly deemed undocumented. OSC contacted an official in the EDD, who promptly reached out to the worker and told him to reapply and his benefits would be retroactively applied.

Riverdale, MD

On March 13, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran national with TPS as the result of a successful intervention. The TPS recipient called the OSC worker hotline to report that her employer terminated her because her EAD bears an expiration date of March 9, 2012. OSC contacted the employer, a nursing home, and explained that the worker is work-authorized because she is a Salvadoran TPS recipient, and DHS granted an automatic extension of EADs for Salvadoran TPS recipients until September 9, 2012. The employer immediately reinstated the worker.

College Point, NY

On March 13, 2012, an OSC attorney saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker called OSC because his employer had terminated him after not accepting his expired EAD. OSC contacted the employer and explained DHS's recent automatic extension of EADs held by Salvadoran nationals with TPS. As a result, the employer allowed the worker to return to work.

Leesburg, VA

On March 13, 2012, OSC completed a hotline intervention, saving the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker called OSC because her employer had suspended her and was demanding a new EAD and a receipt notice showing the worker had re-registered for TPS, despite DHS's recent automatic extension of EADs held by Salvadoran nationals with TPS. OSC contacted the employer and explained that it must accept the worker's existing EAD if it met the criteria laid out in the Federal Register notice and that it may not require any additional documentation. The employer brought the worker back on and paid the worker for the day that she missed.

Baltimore, MD

On March 14, 2012, OSC saved the job of another Salvadoran national with TPS as the result of a successful intervention. The TPS recipient called the OSC worker hotline to report that his employer, a contract logistics provider, terminated his employment because his EAD expired March 9, 2012. OSC contacted the employer, explained the worker is work-authorized because of the automatic six-month EAD extension granted by DHS for Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries, and provided the Federal Register notice announcing the extension. The employer then reinstated the worker.

Las Vegas, NV

On March 14, 2012, OSC completed a hotline intervention, saving the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker called OSC because she could not return to work until she showed an unexpired work permit or EAD. OSC contacted the employer and explained that it must accept the caller's existing EAD if it met the criteria laid out in the Federal Register notice. The employer brought the caller back to work.

Dallas, TX

On March 14, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran national with TPS as the result of a successful intervention. The TPS recipient called the OSC worker hotline to report that his employer fired him because his EAD expired on March 9, 2012. OSC advised the employer that DHS has granted an automatic extension for TPS individuals from El Salvador until September 9, 2012, and that EADs with expiration dates of March 9, 2012, and category of A-12 or C-19 have been automatically extended until September 9, 2012. Also, OSC provided a link to the Federal Register notice explaining the extension. The employer decided to rehire the employee immediately.

Century City, CA

On March 14, 2012, OSC intervened to save the job of a TPS recipient who had been laid off after his employer rejected his EAD. The OSC attorney called the employer and explained the automatic extension of TPS. The worker was rehired and received $480 in back pay for the 4 days during which he was not permitted to work.

Wichita, KS

On March 14, 2012, OSC saved the job of another Salvadoran national with TPS as the result of a successful intervention. The TPS recipient called the OSC worker hotline to report that her employer, a property management company, terminated her employment because her EAD expired March 9, 2012. OSC contacted the employer, explained the worker is work-authorized because of the automatic six-month EAD extension DHS granted to Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries, and provided a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the extension. The employer immediately reinstated the worker.

Oakland, CA

On March 15, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient who was going to be terminated from her job due to the expiration of her EAD. OSC explained to the employer, a national fast food restaurant, that the worker's authorization had been automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of USCIS's automatic extension in September 2012. The employer was glad to learn that it did not need to terminate the worker, and was grateful for the guidance.

Baltimore, MD

On March 15, 2012, OSC intervened to help a recipient of TPS obtain his driver's license. The worker had attempted to renew his license but the DMV erroneously rejected his EAD because it was seemingly expired, even though the EAD had been automatically extended by USCIS. The OSC attorney called the Maryland DMV, explained the situation, and the worker was processed and granted a license.

Boston, MA

On March 16, 2012, OSC saved the job of a TPS recipient who had been terminated from his job due to the expiration of his EAD. OSC explained to the employer that the employee's work authorization is automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the employee until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension in September 2012. The employer reinstated the employee with back pay.

Las Vegas, NV

On March 16, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran national with TPS as the result of a successful intervention. The TPS recipient called the OSC worker hotline to report that her employer will be suspending her because her EAD will expire on March 9, 2012. OSC advised the employer that DHS has granted an automatic extension for TPS individuals from El Salvador until September 9, 2012, and that EADs with expiration dates of March 9, 2012, and category of A-12 or C-19 have been automatically extended until September 9, 2012. The employer decided to reinstate the employee.

Monticello, KY

On March 19, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient who had been suspended from her job on March 9, 2012, due to the expiration of her EAD. OSC explained to the employer, a large multi-national food processor and distributor, that the worker's employment authorization had been automatically extended by DHS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of DHS' automatic extension in September 2012. The employer also received information from the corporate office about the automatic extension and immediately apologized for the error and the employee's suspension. OSC provided the employer with additional information about the automatic extension of EADs for Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries, as announced in the Federal Register. The employer called the employee within the hour to have her return to work and agreed to give the employee wages for the time she was out of work, which is $518.

Schaumburg, IL

On March 20, 2012, an OSC attorney completed a hotline intervention, saving the job of a beneficiary of Salvadoran TPS recipient. The employer called on behalf of her employee, a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The employer was uncertain whether her employee was allowed to work with an expired work permit or EAD. OSC explained that the employer must accept her worker's existing EAD if it met the criteria laid out in the Federal Register notice. The employer allowed the employee to continue working.

Arlington, VA

On March 20, 2012, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran national with TPS as the result of a successful intervention. The TPS recipient called the OSC worker hotline to report that her employer will be suspending her because her EAD will expire on March 9, 2012. OSC advised the employer that DHS has granted an automatic extension for TPS individuals from El Salvador until September 9, 2012, and that EADs with expiration dates of March 9, 2012, and category of A-12 or C-19 have been automatically extended until September 9, 2012. The employer decided to reinstate the employee.

Corona, CA

On March 20, 2012, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention allowing a beneficiary of Salvadoran TPS to return to work pay after being suspended when the face of his EAD expired on March 9, 2012. An OSC staffer contacted the company to explain that the employee's EAD had been automatically extended for a period of six months by the DHS. The OSC staffer also sent the company informational material about TPS from the USCIS website and pointed out the TPS section in the Handbook for Employers. The company agreed to reinstate the employee with back pay of approximately $200.

Silver Spring, MD

On March 21, 2012, an OSC attorney saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient who was going to be terminated from her job due to the expiration of her EAD. OSC explained to the employer, a large national retail chain, that the worker's employment authorization had been automatically extended by DHS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the worker until the expiration of DHS' automatic extension in September 2013. The employer decided to allow the worker to continue in her employment.

Canoga Park, CA

On March 27, 2012, an OSC attorney received a call from a Salvadoran TPS recipient who was terminated from her job because of the expiration of her EAD. OSC contacted the employer, explained the worker is work-authorized because of the automatic six-month EAD extension granted by DHS for Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries, and provided the Federal Register notice announcing the extension. The employer then reinstated the worker and three other TPS workers. The employer was unaware of the extension and that she did not have to terminate her employee, and was thankful for the guidance.

Grand Prairie, TX

On March 28, 2012, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention allowing a beneficiary of Salvadoran TPS to return to work pay after being suspended when the face of her EAD expired on March 9, 2012. An OSC staffer contacted the company, to explain that the employee's EAD had been automatically extended for a period of six months by DHS. The OSC staffer also sent the company informational material about TPS from the USCIS website. The company agreed to reinstate the employee and pay back pay of approximately $115.

Bakersfield, CA

On March 29, 2012, OSC saved the job of a TPS recipient who had been terminated from his job due to the expiration of his EAD. OSC explained to the employer that the employee's work authorization is automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the employee until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension in September 2012. The employer was grateful for the guidance.

Mt. Joy, PA

On March 30, 2012, OSC completed an intervention ensuring that a worker with TPS could return to her job. The worker called when she was not scheduled for work following the expiration of the face of her EAD, despite the fact that the EAD was automatically extended by DHS. OSC called the employer, a farm, and the farm put the worker on the schedule starting the next day, and paid her for work that she missed.

New York, NY

On March 30, 2012, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention and saved the job of a TPS visa holder from El Salvador. Though his EAD expired on March 9, 2012, the employer was informed that an automatic extension of six months was granted by DHS to all TPS visa holders from El Salvador. As a result of DHS's extension, Salvadoran TPS visa holders could continue working with their current EADs.

Northridge, CA

On March 30, 2012, an OSC attorney completed a hotline intervention, saving the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The employee called because she was recently terminated from her a position with a fast food restaurant chain. OSC called the chain's general counsel and explained that the employer must accept the worker's existing EAD if it met the criteria laid out in the Federal Register notice. OSC emailed the general counsel the notice. The employee's manager stated the chain will reinstate the worker and pay her for the time she was laid-off.

Woodbridge, VA

On April 5, 2012, OSC provided technical assistance to a company in Woodbridge, Virginia. A Salvadoran TPS recipient had visited the company to apply for unemployment benefits, but a customer service representative rejected his EAD because it had expired on its face. OSC explained to the customer service representative and the Legal Counsel for the company that USCIS had automatically extended the TPS recipient's authorization until September 9, 2012, and that the TPS holder had until that time to receive his new EAD. OSC also shared the notice of extension of TPS with the Legal Counsel. The customer service representative and legal counsel were grateful for the guidance.

Newport Beach, CA

On April 6, 2012, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention and saved the job of a TPS beneficiary from El Salvador. Though his EAD expired on its face on March 9, 2012, the employer was informed that an automatic extension of six months was granted by DHS to all TPS beneficiaries from El Salvador. As a result of the extension, Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries could continue working with their current EADs.

Burlington, NC

On April 10, 2012, OSC saved the job of a TPS recipient who had been terminated from his job due to the expiration of his EAD. OSC explained to the employer that the employee's work authorization was automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the employee until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension in September 2012. The employer reinstated the employee.

Los Angeles, CA

On April 10, 2012, OSC completed an intervention ensuring a worker from El Salvador, who is a TPS recipient, was not terminated from her job and did not need to bring in additional documentation to show she was work-authorized. OSC contacted the employer and explained the employee was work-authorized because of the automatic six-month EAD extension granted by DHS for Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries. OSC provided the employer with the Federal Register notice announcing the extension, and also informed the employer that even though the employee did receive a new EAD in the interim, she did not need to show it to the employer until reverification at the end of the extension period.

Rosemead, CA

On April 19, 2012, OSC ensured that a beneficiary of Salvadoran TPS could return to her job. The caller's employer, a school, suspended her when her EAD expired on March 9, 2012. The caller was not aware that her EAD had been extended automatically by DHS until recently; however, the employer requested that she provide a letter from USCIS stating that she is work-authorized. OSC called the employer and sent information on the automatic extension and the employer decided to bring back the employee immediately.

Mineola, NY

On April 19, 2012, OSC saved the job of a TPS recipient who was threatened with termination from her job due to the expiration of her EAD. OSC explained to the employer that the employee's work authorization was automatically extended by USCIS, and that the employer was not allowed to request other documents from the employee until the expiration of USCIS' automatic extension in September 2012. The employer agreed to retain the employee.

San Bernardino, CA

On April 26, 2012, OSC assisted a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary, who was told he could not return to work until he had a new EAD, even though his existing EAD's validity had been extended until September 9, 2012. The worker works for a metals company and the company demanded a new EAD from the caller on the same day that all workers working on the caller's project were laid off for lack of work. OSC contacted the company and explained the automatic extension of EADs held by Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries and the company agreed to allow the caller to work under his current EAD once there was more work. OSC also explained the prohibition against retaliation.

Cary, NC

On April 26, 2012, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention allowing a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary to return to work after receiving an E-Verify Tentative Nonconfirmation notice. The company, suspended the employee from work when it received a DHS TNC for the employee, and failed to explain to the employee the proper procedures for contesting a TNC. An OSC staffer contacted the company and explained that pursuant to E-Verify rules, the employee must continue to work while contesting a TNC. The company reinstated the worker and paid back pay of approximately $500.00.

Gaithersburg, MD

On April 26, 2012, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention allowing a beneficiary of Salvadoran TPS to return to work after being suspended when her EAD expired on March 9, 2012. An OSC staffer contacted the company, to explain that despite the expiration date on the face of the card, the employee's EAD had been automatically extended for a period of six months by DHS. The OSC staffer also sent the company informational material about TPS from the USCIS website. The company agreed to reinstate the employee.

Norcross, GA

On April 26, 2012, OSC assisted a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary in successfully renewing his driver's license, after he was initially denied a new license due to the expiration date on the face of his EAD. The EAD's expiration date was extended to September 9, 2012, but the DMV initially demanded a new EAD and denied the caller a new license. OSC contacted the DMV's counsel, who arranged for the caller to return and receive a new license.

Norcross, GA

On May 2, 2012, OSC assisted two beneficiaries of Salvadoran TPS in obtaining corrected driver's licenses after their original licenses were issued with an expiration date that was one year prior to the expiration of the current grant of TPS. The siblings sought OSC's assistance after the DMV issued each individual a license that expired at the end of the Salvadoran automatic extension instead of the end of the individuals' current grant of TPS (one year later). OSC contacted the Department of Driver Services, which quickly issued and mailed corrected licenses.

West Hempstead, NY

On June 1, 2012, OSC intervened on behalf of a Haitian national with TPS and enabled her to take a nursing certification exam. The individual contacted OSC via the hotline and complained that she is not allowed to take the National Council Licensure Examination because the licensing council refused to accept the identification documents she presented: a current provisional driver license issued by the state of New York and a valid Employment Authorization Card ("EAD"). The licensing council had a stringent policy for accepting only state identification documents without any restrictions and because the individual's driver license had an annotation "temporary visitor", the licensing council would not accept it. OSC contacted the National Council of State Boards of Nursing ("NCSBN") and discussed the issue with the NCSBN's counsel. NCSBN assured the Haitian national that she would be allowed to take the exam if she presents her EAD in combination with certified translation of her Haitian passport.

Plain View, NJ

On June 14, 2012, OSC assisted a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary in successfully renewing his driver's license, after he was initially denied a new license due to the expiration date on the face of his EAD. The TPS beneficiary was forced to miss several days of work because he could not drive to his worksite. The EAD's expiration date was extended to September 9, 2012, but the DMV initially demanded a new EAD and denied the caller a new license. OSC contacted the DMV's representative who arranged for the caller to return and receive a new license.

North Waltham, MA

In late July, OSC received a telephone call from a Honduran TPS beneficiary who believed that she had been terminated after her employer requested she produce a new EAD when the TPS extension period expired on July 5th. The worker had applied for a new EAD, but she had not received it as it was sent to the wrong address. OSC contacted USCIS on behalf of the worker to resolve the issue. Although the worker thought she had been fired, the employer had put her on leave until she could bring in her new EAD. The worker received her new EAD and brought it in to her employer. On August 2, 2012, OSC learned that the worker returned to her job based on OSC's intervention.

Fiscal Year 2011

Manassas, VA

On October 4, 2010, OSC successfully completed a hotline intervention saving the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The employer, a large grocery store, had requested a new, unexpired EAD from the worker because his EAD bears a September 9, 2010 expiration date. We called the employer and explained that TPS has been automatically extended for Salvadoran TPS recipients and faxed it a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. As a result, the worker was allowed to return to work.

Scenic Valley, CA

On October 4, 2010, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker contacted OSC after his employer requested an unexpired EAD for Form I-9 reverification purposes and terminated him when he could not produce one. We contacted the employer to explain the automatic extension of work authorization for Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries and faxed it a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the extension. The worker was reinstated on the same day.

Fife, WA

On October 5, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention, ensuring that a TPS beneficiary could obtain employment. The worker, a Salvadoran national, contacted OSC because an employer told her that she could not be hired because her current EAD has an expiration date of September 9, 2010. We contacted the employer and explained that DHS extended the validity of EADs held by Salvadorans with TPS status until March 9, 2011, and provided the employer with a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. The employer agreed to hire her and stated that it would not request further documentation from the worker.

Lubbock, TX

On October 6, 2010, OSC assisted a Salvadoran TPS recipient in renewing his driver’s license. The Department of Motor Vehicles had denied renewal of his driver’s license because his EAD showed an expiration date of September 9, 2010. We faxed a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing DHS’s automatic six-month extension of work authorization for Salvadoran TPS recipients to both the worker and to the local DMV office, and the DMV renewed the worker’s driver’s license.

Charlotte, NC

On October 6, 2010, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker was asked to present an unexpired EAD or be terminated from her job. We contacted the employer and explained the six-month extension of expired EADs for TPS recipients from El Salvador, and faxed a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. After receiving copy of the Federal Register, the employer stated that it would allow worker to continue with her duties.

Corning, NY

On October 8, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention, saving the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The employer called OSC because the newly hired worker possessed an EAD with an expiration date of September 9, 2010. We contacted the employer’s general counsel and forwarded a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing that DHS has automatically extended the validity of EADs held by Salvadorans with TPS until March 9, 2011. The employer agreed to allow the TPS beneficiary to continue working.

Greensboro, NC

On October 8, 2010, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Salvadorian TPS recipient. His employer, a rehabilitation home, notified him that he would not be able to continue his employment because his EAD showed an expiration date of September 9, 2010. We contacted the worker’s employer and sent it the Federal Register notice announcing DHS’s automatic six-month extension of Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries’ EADs. Consequently, the worker was permitted to continue in his employment.

Memphis, TN

On October 12, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and allowed a Liberian beneficiary of Deferred Enforced Departure to begin her job as a caregiver at an adoption services agency. During the I-9 process, the employer told the worker that it could not accept her Social Security card with the restriction “Valid for work only with DHS authorization,” and that she would not be able to start work unless she could present an unrestricted Social Security card. During the I-9 process, worker had also present her EAD, but the employer refused to accept it. We contacted the employer to explain I-9 documentation requirements and the worker was permitted to begin work the next day.

Denver, CO

On October 12, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention, saving the job of a Salvadorian TPS recipient. The employer, a restaurant, was going to terminate the worker because his EAD had a September 9, 2010, expiration date after the employer demanded that the worker present a new EAD with no expiration date. We contacted the employer and explained that the work authorization of Salvadoran TPS recipients has been automatically extended by DHS until March 9, 2011. We also sent the employer the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. As a result, the worker was permitted to continue working.

New York, NY

On October 13, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention, allowing a TPS beneficiary from El Salvador to return to work after being suspended for eight days. The employer reverified the employment authorization of the TPS beneficiary on September 9, 2010, the expiration date shown on her EAD. It demanded that the worker present a permanent resident card (also known as an I-551 or “green card”) or new EAD in order to continue working, and suspended her when she could not. We contacted the employer and explained that the worker’s work authorization was automatically extended for six months by USCIS. We also sent a copy of the Federal Register notice regarding the automatic extension of EADs for TPS beneficiaries to the employer. The HR representative reinstated the worker immediately with full benefits, and paid the worker back pay for the days that she was out of work.

Arlington, VA

On October 15, 2010, OSC successfully completed a hotline intervention, saving the job of a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary. The worker contacted OSC to report that he was asked by his employer not to return to work because his EAD showed an expiration date of September 9, 2010. We explained to the employer that DHS automatically extended the validity of EADs held by Salvadoran TPS recipients until March 9, 2011, and provided the employer with a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. The employer agreed to not suspend the worker or to request further documentation from him, and further agreed to pay the employee the wages for the days he was not permitted to work.

Salinas, CA

On October 18, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention, saving the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker was terminated on September 8, 2010, by her employer, a fruit supplier, because her EAD contained an expiration date of September 9, 2010, and she was unable to produce a new EAD, even though she did provide her employer with the DHS Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension of EADs for Salvadorans with TPS status. When worker contacted OSC seeking assistance, we contacted the employer and again shared a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. The employer agreed to rehire the worker and she returned to work the next day.

Dallas, TX

On October 18, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention, saving the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The employer, a tortilla factory, terminated the worker on Friday, October 15, because her EAD showed a September 9, 2010, expiration date. We contacted the employer learned that the employer suspended the worker because it had been notified by ICE during a recent I-9 audit that “the individual was not authorized to work.” OSC contacted the ICE agent and confirmed that the worker was subject to the automatic extension. The ICE agent then contacted the employer and explained that the worker is authorized to work until March 9, 2011, at which time she should be able to produce a new EAD. The worker returned to work that day.

Grand Rapids, MI

On October 19, 2010, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker had been terminated almost four weeks prior because her EAD bears a September 9, 2010, expiration date. We contacted the employer and went over the content of the Federal Register notice pertaining to the automatic extension of TPS for Salvadoran beneficiaries. The employer consulted with its legal counsel and determined that the worker was unjustly terminated. The employer indicated that it would reinstate the worker and pay her $1,440.00 in lost wages.

St. Helena, CA

On October 20, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and assisted a Honduran TPS beneficiary to continue working at a restaurant. The restaurant’s human resource functions are outsourced to a professional employer organization (PEO) in Wichita, Kansas. The PEO advised the restaurant it could not hire the applicant because his EAD had expired. We explained to the PEO that the employee’s EAD was automatically extended until January 5, 2011, pursuant to the Federal Register notice published by USCIS. The PEO then advised its client to hire the worker.

Richmond, VA

On October 21, 2010, OSC interceded to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker was placed on unpaid leave until he could produce an unexpired EAD. The worker contacted USCIS, which in turn referred him to OSC. We called legal counsel and explained DHS’s automatic six-month extension of work authorization for Salvadoran TPS recipients. The employer’s legal counsel agreed to reinstate the worker immediately.

Kansas City, MO

On October 22, 2010, OSC successfully intervened and saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary. He was laid off when, during an I-9 audit, his employer, a manufacturer of bulk paper product goods, discovered his EAD had an expiration date of September 9, 2010. We explained to the employer that pursuant to the Federal Register notice published by USCIS, the card was automatically extended for six months, until March 9, 2011. The employer agreed to allow the worker to return to work.

San Francisco, CA

On October 27, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention, saving the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker contacted OSC because his employer, a manufacturing company, had demanded that he present a new employment authorization document (EAD), claiming that his current EAD expired on September 9, 2010. The worker had tried to show his application for an extension and explain that he was still authorized to work, but the employer terminated him. The OSC attorney contacted the employer and explained that DHS had extended the validity of EADs held by Salvadorans with TPS until March 9, 2011, and directed the employer to the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. The employer agreed to immediately reinstate the worker. The worker returned to work the next day.

Miami, FL

On October 28, 2010, OSC interceded to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient, whose EAD had expired. The worker was placed on unpaid leave until she could produce an unexpired EAD. The worker contacted USCIS, which referred the worker to OSC. OSC contacted the employer’s HR department and discussed the automatic extension of EADs for Salvadorans with TPS. The employer’s HR Department agreed to reinstate the worker immediately.

Alexandria, VA

On October 29, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker was terminated based on her expired EAD. The worker called USCIS to get an update on her renewal card and was referred to OSC. We called the director of HR and explained the automatic six-month extension for Salvadoran TPS recipients. OSC faxed a copy of the Federal Register notice detailing the extension, and the worker was reinstated immediately.

West Palm Beach, FL

On November 1, 2010, the OSC received confirmation that a TPS recipient who had been wrongfully terminated from her position was rehired and given three weeks’ back pay after an OSC intervention. The immigrant was a cafeteria worker at a public elementary school and was fired when her EAD expired. Despite the worker presenting to her employer a copy of the Federal Register notice extending work authorization for Salvadoran TPS recipients, the employer demanded that the worker provide personalized documentation from USCIS denoting her continued eligibility to work. After speaking with numerous human resources and payroll personnel, the OSC attorney was able to resolve the issue and secured over $800 in net backpay for the worker.

Queens, NY

On November 2, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker’s employer notified him that he would not be able to work past November 5, 2010, the expiration date on his EAD, and of the employer’s intent to withhold the worker’s last paycheck. OSC sent the employer the Federal Register notice announcing DHS’s automatic extension of Salvadoran TPS recipients’ EADs until March 9, 2011. The employer agreed to provide him his paycheck and to allow him to continue working until March 9, 2011.

Austin, TX

On November 2, 2010, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention, allowing a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary to return to work. The worker was laid off because his EAD contains an expiration date of September 9, 2010. We informed counsel for the company, a fast-food restaurant chain, of the automatic extension for Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries. Counsel educated the HR staff on automatic extensions for TPS beneficiaries and instructed them to reinstate the worker with back pay in the amount of $529.

Burbank, CA

On November 3, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention resulting in a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary being allowed to return to work. His employer, a soft-drink beverage bottling company, suspended him because his EAD showed an expiration date of September 9, 2010. We contacted the company’s HR division to explain the automatic extension, and the worker returned to work.

Austin, TX

On November 4, 2010, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker was reinstated at his job in a fast food restaurant after having been suspended for not being able to provide his employer with an unexpired EAD. Even though the employee gave his employer a copy of the Federal Register notice automatic extending the work authorization of Salvadoran TPS recipients, he was told to not return to work until he had a new document. In a series of phone calls to the employer, we explained the automatic extension of EADs for Salvadoran TPS recipients. As a result, the employee was rehired and provided $549 in back pay.

Manassas, VA

On November 8, 2010, OSC successfully intervened to assist a Salvadoran TPS recipient obtain a job. The worker called the OSC hotline after his employer rejected his expired EAD upon hire. We spoke with the employer and sent him a copy of the Federal Register notice detailing the automatic extension for Salvadoran TPS recipients. The employer then hired the TPS recipient.

Conrad, TX

On November 9, 2010, OSC interceded to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker was told that he needed to present an unexpired EAD. The worker contacted USCIS, which in turn referred the worker to OSC. We contacted the employer’s HR department, emailed a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension, and discussed the extension with HR personnel. The worker was reinstated immediately.

Houston, TX

On November 9, 2010, OSC interceded to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker was told that he needed to present an unexpired EAD, or his employment would be terminated. The worker contacted USCIS, which in turn referred the worker to OSC. We contacted the employer’s HR department, faxed it a copy of the Federal Register, and discussed the automatic extension with HR personnel. Following the dialogue about the automatic extension, the worker was reinstated and paid $832 in lost wages.

Greensboro, NC

On November 10, 2010, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. His employer, a health care service, notified him that he would not be able to continue his employment because his EAD showed an expiration date of September 9, 2010. We contacted his employer and explained that the work authorization of Salvadoran TPS recipients has been automatically extended until March 9, 2011. We also sent the Federal Register notice announcing DHS’s automatic extension of Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries’ EADs until March 9, 2011. Consequently, the worker was allowed to continue working.

Silver Spring, MD

On November 10, 2010, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. Her employer, a hospital, notified her that she would not be able to continue her employment since her EAD showed an expiration date of September 9, 2010. We contacted her employer and explained that the work authorization of Salvadorian TPS recipients has been automatically extended by DHS until March 9, 2011. We also sent the Federal Register notice announcing DHS’s automatic extension. The employer permitted the TPS beneficiary to continue working.

Columbia, MD

On November 10, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention allowing a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary to return to her job at a national clothing retailer. Although she explained to her store manager that her card was automatically extended, the store manager removed her from the schedule. The worker was referred to OSC when she called USCIS. We called corporate counsel, who instructed the HR department to reinstate the worker. Counsel has not decided whether to advise the store to pay back pay.

Hyattsville, MD

On November 16, 2010, an OSC attorney completed a hotline intervention, ensuring that a TPS beneficiary will remain at her position. The worker, a Salvadoran national, who possesses an EAD with an expiration date of September 9, 2010, was to be terminated. We forwarded a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension to the employer and explained that DHS has extend the validity of EADs held by Salvadorans with TPS until March 9, 2011. The employer agreed to allow the TPS beneficiary to remain working.

New York, NY

On November 18, 2010, OSC completed a successful intervention, allowing a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary to return to work after a two month hiatus. The worker was terminated on September 9, 2010, because his airport security badge expired on the expiration date listed on his EAD. The airport badging office refused to issue him a new badge without valid work authorization. We contacted the employer, who was willing to have the worker return to work but not without a valid security badge. After numerous phone calls and emails to several TSA representatives and the security manager at the airport, airport security agreed to issue the worker a new badge pending a security check, and the employer has begun the process to return the worker to work.

Santa Fe, NM

On November 26, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a TPS beneficiary. The employer, a large retail store, required the employee to produce an unexpired EAD for reverification purposes. The worker called and inquired with USCIS about his new EAD, and USCIS referred the worker to OSC. We called the employer and shared a copy of the Federal Register notice detailing the automatic extension of EADs for TPS beneficiaries. After a brief explanation of the notice by OSC, the employer decided to reinstate the worker immediately.

Washington, DC

On November 29, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a TPS recipient from El Salvador. The employer, an international wholesale company, terminated the worker because her EAD showed an expiration date of September 9, 2010, and the worker could not present a renewal document. The worker called OSC, and we contacted the employer and emailed a copy of the Federal Register notice detailing DHS’s automatic extension of TPS for Salvadorans. After a review and discussion of the notice with OSC, the employer decided to reinstate the worker immediately and paid $8,046.39 in lost wages.

Miami, FL

On December 1, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a TPS beneficiary from Honduras. The employer required the worker to produce an unexpired EAD for reverification purposes. The worker had visited USCIS to inquire about status of EAD replacement; however, worker was referred to OSC. OSC called the employer and faxed a copy of the Federal Register notice detailing DHS’s automatic six-month extension of EADs for Honduran TPS recipients. After OSC provided the employer with a brief explanation of the notice, the worker was reinstated.

Cordova, TN

On December 8, 2010, as the result of a telephone intervention, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary who works for a national restaurant chain. The chain’s corporate office instructed the restaurant manager to terminate the worker because the worker’s EAD had expired. The worker contacted OSC, and we explained to the manager that, as a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary, the worker’s EAD has been automatically extended until March 9, 2011. OSC further explained that terminating the employee could be considered an unfair documentary practice (document abuse). We also contacted the corporate office to ensure that other Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries with expired but automatically extended EADs would not be terminated.

Houston, TX

On December 8, 2010, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary who works at an insurance company. The worker’s employer told him that if he did not show proof of the automatic extension of his EAD by 5:00 p.m. that day, he would lose his job. We contacted the employer to provide it with a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension, and explained that employers should not require any additional proof of the automatic extension. The employer agreed to allow the TPS recipient to continue working.

Harrison, AZ

On December 10, 2010, OSC successfully intervened on behalf of a Salvadoran TPS recipient to save his job. The employer fired the worker after it noticed that the worker’s EAD showed an expiration date of September 9, 2010. We contacted the employer and explained the automatic extension of work authorization for Salvadoran TPS recipients and provided it with a copy of the Federal Register granting the extension. The employer then rehired the worker.

Oklahoma City, OK

On December 15, 2010, OSC intervened to assist a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary get a job with a beef and poultry processor. The employer had told the worker it could not accept her EAD, which bears a September 9, 2010 but which DHS has automatically extended until March 9, 2011. We shared a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension along with OSC’s TPS flyer, and the employer allowed the worker to begin work.

Bethesda, MD

On December 16, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary. The employer, an international hotel chain, required the worker to produce an unexpired EAD for reverification purposes. The worker called and inquired with USCIS about her new EAD, and in turn, USCIS referred worker to OSC. OSC called the employer to discuss the automatic extension of work authorization for TPS recipients from El Salvador, and shared a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. The employer reinstated worker immediately and paid her $4,241.09 in lost wages.

Cantonsville, MD

On January 10, 2011, an OSC attorney helped a Salvadoran TPS recipient obtain a Maryland driver’s license.  The immigrant was told that he was ineligible for a license because his EAD had expired, even though his EAD has been automatically extended by DHS.  We contacted the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which then initiated the SAVE query that should have been performed, and later informed the immigrant that he was able to get his license.  When the immigrant returned to the DMV he was told again that he was ineligible for a license, and we again called the DMV to resolve the issue.  The immigrant now has a driver’s license, but will have to renew it again when he receives his new EAD.  

Galveston, TX

On January 11, 2011, OSC intervened to save the job of a TPS recipient.  The employer called OSC for advice on whether it should dismiss an employee because her EAD expired.  OSC educated the employer about the six-month automatic extension for TPS workers and provided the Federal Register notice that details the extension.  As a result, the employer immediately decided to keep the worker on the job. 

San Bernardino, CA

On January 19, 2011, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention, saving the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient who was suspended in December 2010, because her EAD showed an expiration date of September 9, 2010.  OSC contacted her employer, a home support services provider, and explained that DHS has automatically extended the EAD for eligible Salvadorans until March 9, 2011.  OSC sent the Federal Register notice announcing DHS’s automatic extension of Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries’ EADs until March 9, 2011.  Consequently, the employee was permitted to return to work and paid lost wages. 

Washington, DC

On January 20, 2011, OSC intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient.  OSC received a call from a representative of the Salvadoran Embassy in reference to a TPS worker who had been laid off because of the expiration date on her EAD.  OSC contacted the employer and educated him about the six-month automatic extension via the Federal Register for TPS workers.  A copy of the Federal Register notice was e-mailed to the employer.  The employer decided immediately to return the employee to the job. 

Wilkesboro, NC

On January 27, 2011, a Honduran TPS recipient called OSC after he had been suspended from his job at a large poultry processing plant.  The immigrant never received his new EAD, and had eventually applied for a new card because the original had been lost in the mail.  Although the immigrant showed his replacement EAD receipt - a document acceptable for I-9 purposes as a receipt showing employment authorization for 90 days - he was told he had to bring a new EAD or would be terminated.  OSC contacted the employer’s corporate headquarters to educate the employer, and the employee returned to work on February 2, 2011. 

Sanford, NC

On February 15, 2011, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a TPS beneficiary from El Salvador.  The worker’s employer, a poultry processing plant, requested that the worker present current work authorization in advance of the March 9, 2011, expiration date on his EAD.  The worker showed his new EAD, valid until March 9, 2012, which contained a different Alien Registration number (A number) from that appearing on his current EAD.  The employer terminated the worker based on the A number discrepancy, believing that the new EAD must be fraudulent.  OSC verified with USCIS that this individual was assigned two “A numbers” and USCIS “consolidated” the two numbers and reverted to the first A number.  OSC and the USCIS TPS Operations Program Manager together called the employer and explained the reason for the multiple “A numbers.”  The employer agreed to reinstate the worker immediately, and will contact the employer agent that administers its I-9 program to determine how to reverify the worker now that his “A number” has changed. 

Katy, TX

On February 25, 2011, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention saving the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient.  The worker called OSC after her employer told her that she would be terminated that day if she could not produce her new EAD.  We contacted the employer’s general counsel and provided information regarding DHS’s automatic six-month extension of employment authorization for Salvadorans with TPS status.  We explained that the employee has until March 9, 2011, to produce her new EAD.  The employer indicated that the TPS recipient would be permitted to continue working. 

Lavergene, TN

On March 8, 2011, as a result of a successful telephone intervention by OSC, a Salvadoran TPS recipient was able to renew her driver’s license and return to work.  The Tennessee Department of Safety initially refused to renew the Salvadoran’s driver’s license because the worker did not have an unexpired EAD in her possession.  OSC contacted the agency and explained it that the worker’s EAD is being reissued and that she has a receipt from DHS.  Consequently, the worker was able to renew her driver’s license and return to work. 

Council Bluffs, IA

On March 15, 2011, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention, allowing a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary to return to her job at a poultry processing plant.   In November, during the six-month automatic extension of her EAD with a September 9, 2010 expiration date, the worker received a new EAD valid until March 9, 2012.  However, her purse was stolen, so she had to apply for a replacement card.  Her employer refused to accept the replacement receipt as proof of her continuing eligibility for employment on March 9, 2011, the termination of the automatic extension.  OSC explained to the employer that the replacement receipt is acceptable for Form I-9 purposes.  The employer agreed, and the worker returned to her job. 

Franconia, VA

On April 1, 2011, OSC successfully completed an intervention that allowed a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary who is a dialysis patient to be paid six months in Social Security benefits.  When the individual’s EAD expired, SSA terminated his benefits.  OSC worked with the Office of Public Engagement at USCIS and SSA to educate SSA about the automatic extension of the individual’s legal status.  As a result, the individual’s benefits were reissued to the patient for the period of the automatic extension of his EAD (September 9, 2010 to March 9, 2011.) 

Houston, TX

On May 5, 2011, OSC intervened to help a TPS recipient keep her job as a commercial driver.  OSC received a call from the individual stating that she had visited the local DMV office to renew her commercial driver’s license.  She presented her expired driver’s license, Social Security card and her unexpired EAD.  However, the DMV representative requested to see a copy of her I-94, which the worker does not have.  OSC contacted the Texas DMV headquarters office and discussed this issue with one of the supervisors.  The DMV supervisor determined that the individual did not have to have an I-94, but could present a copy of her Notice of Action (I-797) in connection with her application for TPS, along with the documents already presented.  The individual returned to the DMV, presented the mentioned documents, and was able to renew her commercial driver’s license, allowing her to continue in her employment. 

Los Angeles, CA

On June 9, 2011, OSC intervened to ensure that a Honduran TPS beneficiary could keep his job as a truck driver.  In order to keep his employment he needed a HAZMAT certification on his commercial driver’s license and he was informed by a representative of the DHS component, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that it would take at least two months for TSA to verify his status through USCIS.  OSC called the USCIS Verification Division and learned that the SAVE program had already verified the worker’s status to TSA on two separate occasions, and there was no need to pursue secondary or third-level verification.  When OSC called TSA to investigate further, TSA immediately contacted the worker and told him he would receive the HAZMAT certification.

Spring Valley, NY

On July 6, 2011, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a TPS recipient from Haiti.  The employer called OSC to advise that it was about to terminate the worker because her EAD expired on July 2, 2011 and did not match the expiration date of July 22, 2011 as stated in the Federal Register notice of automatic extension for Haitians with TPS.   OSC contacted the USCIS Adjudications Officer and confirmed that they had printed the incorrect expiration date on the worker’s EAD.   After being informed by OSC about the mistake on the EAD, the employer processed the reverification and allowed the worker to continue with her job. 

Brooklyn, NY

On July 12, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary.  Although the worker showed her employer (a home health agency) the USCIS “Fact Sheet” explaining that her EAD was automatically extended from July 21, 2011, to January 22, 2012, the employer told her she could not work after July 21, 2011 without a new EAD.  OSC provided the Federal Register notice to the employer and explained that employers must accept the automatically extended EAD and correct the expiration date on the I-9 form pursuant to the TPS extension.  The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue in her employment until January 22, 2012.  

Del Ray Beach, FL

On July 14, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The employer (a security agency) told the TPS beneficiary that he would be terminated if he did not produce a new EAD. OSC explain to the employer that the worker's EAD was automatically extended from July 21, 2011, to January 22, 2012, and provided the Federal Register notice to the employer. Also, OSC explained that employers must accept the automatically extended EAD and correct the expiration date on the I‐9 form pursuant to the TPS extension. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue in his employment until January 22, 2012.

Jacksonville, FL

On July 15, 2011, OSC intervened to save the job of a TPS recipient from Haiti. The employer called OSC to inquire whether it should dismiss the worker because the worker's EAD had just expired. OSC educated the employer about the six‐month automatic extension for TPS workers and provided the Federal Register notice that details the extension. As a result, the employer decided to keep the worker on the job.

Washington, DC

On July 18, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The worker was told by his employer (a residential agency) that he could not work past Friday July 21, 2011, without a new EAD. However, the worker had heard that the EADs of Haitian TPS recipients had been automatically extended from July 21, 2011, to January 22, 2012. OSC provided the Federal Register notice to the employer and explained that employers must accept the automatically extended EAD and correct the expiration date on the I‐9 form pursuant to the TPS extension. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue in his employment until January 22, 2012.

Hicksville, NY

On July 18, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of nine Haitian TPS beneficiaries. The workers were told by their employer (a home health agency) that they could not work past Friday July 21, 2011, without new EADs. Some of the workers had provided the employer with online documents showing the automatic extension of their EADs, but the employer insisted that they needed additional information. One of the affected Haitian TPS beneficiaries contacted OSC. When OSC contacted the employer, the employer's representative informed OSC that the employer had nine Haitian TPS beneficiaries with the same issue. OSC provided the Federal Register notice to the employer and explained that employers must accept the automatically extended EAD and correct the expiration date on the I‐9 form pursuant to the TPS extension. The employer agreed to allow the workers to continue in their employment until January 22, 2012.

Miami, FL

On July 18, 2011, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. The TPS worker called the OSC hotline when he learned that he was about to be fired because of the expiration date listed on his EAD. OSC contacted the employer, educated the employer about the six‐month automatic extension of Haiti TPS work authorization, and provided a copy of the Federal Register notice detailing the extension. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

Boytoun Beach, FL

On July 18, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to prevent the termination of at least five Haitian TPS recipients, and perhaps dozens more, from a large supermarket chain. One of the TPS recipients called the OSC hotline to report that the employer's store manager told them they would be terminated on July 21, 2011, the expiration date listed on their EADs. The OSC attorney called the store manager and informed her of the automatic extension for TPS recipients, and also called the corporate HR department to explain the situation. The head of corporate HR said he would send a letter out to all 1,100 stores reminding them of the automatic extension in an effort to preclude similar situations.

Palm Bay, FL

On July 19, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save a Haitian TPS beneficiary's job as a cab driver. Even though the worker had already received an extension of his driver's license and had presented a USCIS Fact Sheet explaining the automatic extension of Haitian TPS‐based EADs to his employer, the employer chose to suspend him based on the July 21, 2011, expiration date listed on the worker's EAD. OSC provided the employer with the Federal Register notice, another USCIS fact sheet, and OSC's flyer on TPS. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue in his employment.

Orlando, FL

On July 20, 2011, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention, enabling a Haitian TPS beneficiary to remain employed at a hotel. The hotel's HR representative stated there was no notice in EVerify stating that the EADs had been extended. Furthermore, she misinterpreted the USCIS Fact Sheet explaining the automatic extension. When OSC explained the extension and provided more information, the employer decided to allow the worker to continue in his employment.

West Caldwell, NJ

On July 25, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The employer, a supermarket, called OSC to ask whether it needed to terminate the worker if he did not produce a new EAD, as his existing EAD bears an expiration date of July 21, 2011. OSC explained to the employer that the EADs of Haitian TPS recipients were automatically extended from July 21, 2011, to January 22, 2012. Furthermore, OSC provided the Federal Register notice of automatic extension to the employer. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue working until January 22, 2012.

Miami, FL

On July 28, 2011, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a TPS worker from Haiti. The worker's employer requested an unexpired EAD for reverification purposes, even though the worker presented a copy of the Federal Register explaining the six month automatic extension for Haitians with TPS. OSC contacted the HR manager to discuss the Federal Register announcement automatically extending Haitian TPS EADs, and explained how to correct the expiration date on the I‐9 form. The worker was allowed to continue in her employment.

Massapequa, NY

On July 28, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The worker, a home care nurse, was told by her employer that she could no longer work without a new work permit or EAD. When OSC contacted the employer, the employer's representative stated that the corporate office is responsible for all policies and procedures. OSC provided the corporate office a copy of the Federal Register notice and explained that the employer must accept the automatically extended EAD and correct the expiration date on the I‐9 form pursuant to the TPS extension. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue her employment until January 22, 2012.

Andover, NJ

On July 29, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The worker was told by his employer (an information technology company) that he could no longer work without a new EAD because his current EAD expired on July 22, 2011. The worker showed the employer a letter from DHS showing that he had applied for a new EAD, but the employer would not accept it. The worker then called OSC. Our office sent the employer a copy of the Federal Register notice and explained that employers must accept the automatically extended EAD and correct the expiration date on the I‐9 form pursuant to the TPS extension. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue in his employment until January 22, 2012.

Lakeland, FL

On August 1, 2011, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. OSC received a call from the TPS worker who was about to be fired because his EAD had expired. OSC contacted the employer, educated it about the six‐month automatic extension of Haitian TPS work authorization, and provided a copy of the Federal Register notice detailing the extensions. OSC also explained to the employer how to correct the expiration date on the I‐9 form. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

Bayside, NY

On August 4, 2011, OSC saved the job of an individual with TPS from Haiti, after her employer, a children's hospital, refused to accept her EAD. Although the worker presented a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension of her EAD, the hospital suspended her and told her she had 30 days to return with her new EAD or she would be terminated. OSC contacted the hospital's attorney and explained the automatic extension, and also shared a copy of the Federal Register notice explaining the automatic extension. The hospital called the worker back to work that same day.

Miami, FL

On August 5, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The worker was told by his employer (a cleaning company) that he could no longer work without a new EAD because his current EAD expired on July 22, 2011. The worker called OSC because he thought the only issue was his auto‐extended EAD. Our office sent the employer a copy of the Federal Register notice and explained that employers must accept the automatically extended EAD and correct the expiration date on the I‐9 form pursuant to the TPS extension. However, OSC found that this Haitian TPS beneficiary did not understand that if he did not successfully contact E‐Verify customer service he could lose his job after receiving a TNC during the hiring process. The employer told OSC there was a DHS no‐show and that was the reason he was told he could not continue to work. OSC contacted DHS, and was able to resolve the issues. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue in his employment until January 22, 2012.

West Palm Beach, FL

On August 9, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The worker was told by his employer (a staffing services company) that he could no longer work without a new EAD because his current EAD expired on July 22, 2011. The worker then called OSC. Our office sent the employer a copy of the Federal Register notice and explained that employers must accept the automatically extended EAD and correct the expiration date on the I‐9 form pursuant to the TPS extension. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue in his employment until January 22, 2012.

Miami, FL

On August 9, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The worker was told by his employer (a home maintenance company) that he could no longer work without a new EAD because his current EAD expired on July 22, 2011. The worker showed the employer a letter from DHS showing that he had applied for a new EAD, but the employer would not accept it. The worker then called OSC. Our office sent the employer a copy of the Federal Register notice and explained that employers must accept the automatically extended EAD and correct the expiration date on the I‐9 form pursuant to the TPS extension. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue in his employment until January 22, 2012.

Great Neck, NY

On August 9, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The worker was told by a home care services company that he could not work without a new EAD because his current EAD expired on July 22, 2011. The worker showed the employer a letter from DHS showing that he had applied for a new EAD, but the employer would not accept it. The worker then called OSC. Our office sent the employer a copy of the Federal Register notice and explained that employers must accept the automatically extended EAD and correct the expiration date on the I‐9 form pursuant to the TPS extension. The employer agreed to rehire the worker.

Staten Island, NY

On August 25, 2011, OSC successfully completed an intervention and saved the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The employer, a home health agency, suspended the worker when her EAD expired. OSC provided the employer with the Federal Register notice automatically extending the EADs of all Haitians with TPS, and the employer decided to allow the worker to return to her employment the next day.

Rahway, NJ

On August 29, 2011, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient who needs to drive to and from his job. OSC received a call from Legal Services of New Jersey regarding the TPS recipient who could not renew his driver's license because his EAD had expired. Even though the TPS recipient presented the Federal Register notice authorizing a six‐month automatic extension of work authorization for Haitian TPS beneficiaries, the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) refused to renew his driver's license. OSC contacted NJMVC and explained the automatic extension. NJMVC stated it would accept the Federal Register notice and renew the Haitian TPS recipient's driver's license.

Key West, FL

On August 29, 2011, OSC intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS recipient. The TPS worker called the OSC hotline stating that he was about to be fired because of the expiration date listed on his EAD. OSC contacted the employer, informed the employer about the six‐month automatic extension of work authorization for Haitian TPS recipients, provided a copy of the Federal Register notice detailing the extensions, and explained to employer how to annotate the I‐9 form for reverification purposes. The employer stated that the worker would be allowed to remain on the job.

Miami, FL

On September 28, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the jobs of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. An employer called about a Haitian national who, purporting to be a TPS recipient, presented an EAD that seemingly expired on July 22, 2011. OSC provided the employer with the Federal Register notice of automatic extension for Haitian TPS beneficiaries and explained that employers must accept the automatically extended EAD. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue her employment.

Brooklyn, NY

On September 28, 2011, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Haitian TPS beneficiary. The worker was told by his employer, a temporary agency, that he could not no longer work unless he presented a new work permit or EAD. OSC provided the agency the Federal Register notice of automatic extensions for Haitian TPS recipients, explaining that employers must accept the automatically extended EAD and correct the expiration date on the I‐9 form pursuant to the TPS extension. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue his employment.

Greensboro, NC

On September 29, 2011, OSC successfully intervened and saved the job of a Liberian deferred enforced departure beneficiary. The worker had provided her employer with information from the USCIS website that indicated her EAD was extended for six months, until March 31, 2012, but her employer, a nursing home, refused to honor the document. When OSC provided the employer with the Federal Register notice granting the extension, the employer decided to allow the worker to continue working.

Greensboro, NC

On September 29, 2011, a worker called OSC to complain that her employment was terminated because her EAD had expired on July 22, 2011. The employer, which employed another worker who also called OSC relating to a similar issue, noticed the expiration date in an I‐9 audit. Since the worker was a Haitian TPS beneficiary, OSC provided the employer with the Federal Register notice pertaining to the extension of EADs for Haitian TPS beneficiaries, and the employer permitted the worker to return to work.

Lilburn, GA

On September 29, 2011, OSC successfully intervened and saved the job of a Liberian deferred enforced departure (DED) beneficiary Although the worker showed his employer, a major national retailer, a notice from USCIS indicating that EADs for Liberians with DED were extended from September 30, 2011, to March 31, 2012, the employer told him his employment was terminated effective September 30, 2011. OSC contacted counsel for the employer and the worker was immediately reinstated.

Atlanta, GA

On September 29, 2011, an OSC staffer successfully completed a telephone intervention allowing a deferred enforced departure (DED) beneficiary from Liberia to continue employment after a human resources representative threatened to fire the worker if she could not produce an extension of her work permit. The employee's EAD bears an expiration date of September 30, 2011. However, President Obama extended DED for Liberians until March 31, 2013, and USCIS automatically extended the EADs of those beneficiaries until March 30, 2012. The OSC staffer explained the automatic work extension to the company official, and sent a link to the USCIS web page for Liberian DED.

Fiscal Year 2010

Pala, CA

On January 29, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a Honduran national with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Honduran TPS was extended through July 5, 2010, but USCIS issued the worker an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that expired five months early, on February 5, 2010. The worker, following directions that USCIS provided in a letter explaining the error, returned his card to USCIS in order to receive a replacement EAD. He never received the EAD because USCIS had the wrong address on file. OSC explained to the employer that it should use the letter from USCIS as proof of employment authorization, since the letter stated the correct expiration date. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue working until July 5, 2010.

Columbia, MD

On March 31, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and helped a Liberian citizen under the Liberian Deferred Enforced Deportation (DED) Program keep her job. The program was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2010. However, on the eve of its expiration, President Obama extended the program to September 30, 2011. On March 30, 2010, DHS published a notice in the Federal Register that automatically extended the validity of Liberians’ employment authorization documents (EADs) bearing an expiration date of March 31, 2010, to September 30, 2010. On March 31, 2010, a health care employer called OSC for guidance on whether it could continue to employ a Liberian despite the expiration of her EAD. We explained to the employer that the Liberian DED Program has been extended, directed the employer to the DHS Federal Register notice, and explained the process for updating the worker’s Form I-9. Based on OSC’s guidance, the employer allowed the Liberian DED recipient to continue working without interruption.

Orlando, FL

On June 15, 2010, OSC completed a telephone intervention that allowed a Nicaraguan foreign national with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to continue working for an airport in Florida. The employee’s Employment Authorization Document (EAD) was set to expire on July 5, but his EAD was subject to an automatic extension for Nicaraguans with TPS pursuant to a recent Federal Register notice automatically extending the EADs of Nicaraguans with TPS until January 5, 2011. When the employee presented his EAD and the Federal Register notice to the Badging Office at the airport, the Badging Office officials refused to accept the EAD and insisted that he bring a letter from USCIS indicating that his specific TPS status had been extended. We educated the Badging Office representatives about the automatic extension of EADS for individuals with Nicaraguan TPS, and provided it with USCIS guidance stating that an employer must accept a working permit along with the Federal Register notice as sufficient documentation. The Badging Office representatives agreed to renew the individual’s badge, thereby allowing him to continue to work.

Jefferson City, MO

On July 2, 2010, OSC completed an intervention ensuring that a worker with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) could continue to work. The worker’s employer called OSC because E-Verify had alerted the employer that the worker’s Employment Authorization Document (EAD) was going to expire on July 5, 2010, and the worker was unable to produce a new EAD. OSC determined that the worker was a Nicaraguan TPS beneficiary and explained to the employer that the EAD was automatically extended to January 5, 2011. OSC provided the employer a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the extension of the validity of Nicaraguan TPS EADs, and the employer agreed not to require the worker to provide additional documentation.

Little Rock, AR

On July 6, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a Honduran Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiary. The worker’s Employment Authorization Document (EAD) expired on July 5, 2010, and her employer insisted that she provide a renewed card. Her employer stated that the worker would not be allowed to work until she presented a renewed card. OSC contacted corporate counsel three times in order for counsel to explain to store management that USCIS automatically extended EADs of all Honduran TPS beneficiaries until January 5, 2011. OSC further explained that demanding more or different documents in light of the EAD’s expiration date could be an immigration-related unfair employment practice (document abuse). The employee is back at work.

Mount Olive, NJ

On July 8, 2010, OSC successfully completed an intervention ensuring that a Nicaraguan TPS holder may continue to work. The worker’s employer called OSC because the worker’s EAD bears an expiration date of July 5, 2010, and the worker was unable to produce a new EAD. OSC determined that the worker is a Nicaraguan TPS beneficiary and explained to the employer that his EAD has been automatically extended until January 5, 2011. We also provided the employer with a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension of EADs for Nicaraguans with TPS. As a result, the employer indicated that it would not to require the worker to provide additional documentation.

Charlotte, SC

On July 8, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention, ensuring that a TPS beneficiary could remain employed. The worker, a Honduran national with TPS status, contacted OSC because her employer, a national fast food chain restaurant, suspended her because her EAD contained an expiration date of July 5, 2010, and she was unable to produce a new document. OSC contacted the employer and explained that the Department of Homeland Security extended the validity of EADs held by Hondurans with TPS until January 5, 2011, and provided the employer a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. The worker returned to work immediately.

Hickory, KY

On July 8, 2010, OSC completed an intervention ensuring that a TPS recipient could continue to work. The worker called OSC because his employer suspended him when his Employment Authorization Document (EAD) expired on July 5, 2010. The worker was unable to produce a new EAD, but was in the process of renewing it. OSC determined that the worker was a Honduran TPS beneficiary and explained to the employer that the EAD was automatically extended until January 5, 2011. We also provided the employer a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the extension of the validity of Honduran TPS EADs, and the employer said that it would not require the worker to provide additional documentation.

Houston, TX

On July 9, 2010, OSC completed an intervention ensuring that a TPS worker could continue to work. The worker called OSC because her employer suspended her after her Employment Authorization Document (EAD) expired on July 5, 2010. The worker was unable to produce a new EAD, but was in the process of renewing it. OSC determined that the worker is a Honduran TPS beneficiary and explained to the employer that the EAD was automatically extended until January 5, 2011. OSC provided the employer a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the extension of the validity of Honduran TPS EADs, and the employer agreed not to require the worker to provide additional documentation.

Asheville, NC

On July 12, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and assisted a Honduran TPS beneficiary to return to work. The worker’s employment was terminated when her EAD expired on July 5, 2010. OSC sent the employer, a hotel, a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing that DHS has automatically extended EADs for Honduran TPS beneficiaries from July 5, 2010 to January 5, 2011. The hotel permitted the worker to return to work immediately.

Lakeland, FL

On July 12, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and assisted a Nicaraguan TPS beneficiary to return to work. His employment was terminated on July 5, 2010. When OSC explained to the employer that the worker’s EAD had been automatically extended by DHS until January 5, 2011 pursuant to a Federal Register notice, the employer reinstated the worker the same day.

Atlanta, GA

On July 12, 2010, OSC intervened on behalf of Honduran national with TPS and saved his job. For Form I-9 purposes, the individual presented the new redesigned employment authorization card, Form I-766 Rev. (02-2009). The employer hesitated to accept the document and contacted OSC’s employer hot line seeking clarification. We informed the employer that the document presented by the employee satisfies Form I-9 requirements and that requesting more or different documents may constitute unlawful document abuse. The employer then allowed the TPS recipient to continue to work.

Phoenix, AZ

On July 14, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention allowing workers with TPS status to continue working. The employer contacted OSC after noticing the July 5, 2010, expiration date on some workers’ EADs. We faxed a copy of the Federal Register Notice to the representative, which showed that EADs bearing the notation “A-12” or “C-19” on the face of the card and with an expiration date of July 5, 2010, are automatically extended until January 5, 2011, for TPS beneficiaries from Honduras and Nicaragua, and that no other documentation was needed from the workers at this time. The employer indicated it would allow the workers to continue working.

Miami, FL

On July 14, 2010, OSC completed a successful intervention ensuring that a Honduran TPS recipient may continue to work. The worker called OSC because she was terminated because her EAD expired on July 5, 2010, and she was unable to produce a new EAD. We explained to the employer that DHS has automatically extended Honduran TPS recipients’ EADs to January 5, 2011, and provided the employer a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the extension. The employer reinstated the worker and provided her full back pay.

Fort Bragg, NC

On July 21, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a Nicaraguan TPS beneficiary. Her employer, a housekeeping contractor in a military hospital, laid her off when her EAD expired on July 5, 2010. In addition, her driver’s license expired and she needed an unexpired DHS document in order to obtain a new one. OSC shared the Federal Register notice and a USCIS Fact Sheet on TPS documentation requirements with the employer. The employer agreed to allow the worker to return to work. Because the worker was also able to obtain a new driver’s license upon presenting the Federal Register notice to the DMV, she is back on the job.

Charlotte, NC

On July 28, 2010, OSC completed a telephone intervention that allowed an individual with TPS to return to work for a housekeeping service. The employee’s EAD expired on July 5, 2010, but DHS automatically extended EADs for Hondurans through January 5, 2011, and extended their TPS designation until January 5, 2012. However, the worker’s employer refused to allow her to return to work until she presented a new EAD. We informed the owner of the company that the worker’s EAD had been automatically extended for six months. We also faxed information on TPS from OSC’s website. The owner said he would contact the worker and allow her to return to work. Moreover, he noted that he had another Honduran TPS recipient on staff who would also be allowed to continue working.

Springfield, VA

On July 23, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention, ensuring that five Honduran TPS beneficiaries could continue to work. The TPS beneficiaries work for a franchise of a national hotel chain. The hotel recently demanded that the workers provide new I-9 documentation, because the EADs on file for each employee contained an expiration date of July 5, 2010. Although the employees provided the hotel with a copy of the Federal Register notice automatically extending the validity of their EADs until January 5, 2011, the hotel continued to demand additional documentation. We contacted the hotel’s human resources office and pointed them to language on TPS automatic extensions in the USCIS Handbook for Employers. We also provided a copy of the Federal Register notice. The hotel said that it would accept the current EADs and allow the workers to continue to work.

Dallas, TX

On August 18, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and saved the janitorial job of a Honduran TPS beneficiary. The TPS holder’s employer, a hospital, laid her off because her EAD appeared to have expired. The worker explained that her EAD has been automatically extended by DHS, but the employer insisted she could not work until she produced a new EAD. After the worker contacted OSC, we called the employer to explain the automatic extension and the employer agreed to reinstate the worker. The employer continued to pay the worker during the month that she was off and treated the time off as vacation. However, the employer is now in the process of reinstating the worker’s vacation time.

Jamaica, NY

On August 24, 2010, OSC intervened on behalf of a Honduran national who is a TPS recipient. The employer fired the worker after it noticed that her EAD bears a July 5, 2010, expiration date. OSC contacted the employer and explained that DHS has automatically extended the EADs of Honduran TPS recipients until January 5, 2011, and, therefore, the worker should be allowed to continue working. OSC also provided the employer with the Federal Register notice of May 5, 2010, announcing the extension. The employer agreed to rehire the employee.

Manassas, VA

On August 30, 2010, an OSC attorney saved the jobs of two Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries working at a national retail chain. The attorney received a call from a representative of the Salvadoran embassy stating that he was contacted by the workers, who received a letter from the employer asking them to present additional documentation of their employment eligibility by September 9, 2010, the expiration date that appears on their EADs. OSC informed the human resources director that the EADs of Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries have been automatically extended by DHS for a six-month period, through March 9, 2011. The employer agreed to accept the EADs of the two Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries, and they will continue working.

Dallas, TX

On September 3, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention, ensuring that a TPS beneficiary will remain employed. The worker, a Salvadoran national, contacted OSC because his employer told him that he would have to present a new EAD because his current EAD has an expiration date of September 9, 2010. We contacted the employer and explained that DHS extended the validity of EADs held by Salvadorans with TPS until March 9, 2011, and provided the employer with a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. The employer agreed to not request further documentation from the worker.

Chicago, IL

On September 3, 2010, OSC completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a Native American from the Kickapoo Tribe. His employer, a food canning company, uses an automated I-9 process provided by Information Solutions. The worker presented an I-872 (American Indian Card) and an unrestricted Social Security card, documents sufficient to prove his identity and work authorization. However, Information Solutions’ process questions Native Americans about their ancestry bloodline percentage and advises employers not to employ workers whose bloodline is less than 50 percent. Even though Information Solutions submitted the worker’s information through E-Verify and obtained an “employment authorized” result, the worker was not allowed to continue working. The employer informed the worker that the E-Verify program was not allowing him to work. The worker contacted a legal aid attorney, who in turn contacted OSC. We called the employer’s legal counsel as well as Information Solutions. We informed both parties the worker should not have been terminated, since he presented appropriate documents for the Form I-9, and E-Verify confirmed his employment authorization. The employer contacted the employee, allowed him to resume work immediately, and paid him 46 hours of lost wages.

Manassas, VA

On September 8, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. His employer, an international chain of membership warehouses, notified him he would not be able to work past September 9, 2010, the expiration date on his EAD. OSC sent his employer the Federal Register notice announcing DHS’s automatic extension of Salvadoran TPS recipients’ EADs until March 2011, and the employer agreed to allow him to continue working until that date.

Florence, NJ

On September 8, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary who works in a produce packing plant. His employer notified him he would not be able to continue working after his EAD expired on September 9, 2010. OSC sent his employer the Federal Register notice announcing DHS’s automatic extension of Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries’ EADs until March 2011.

Ft. Worth, TX

On September 8, 2010, OSC intervened to successfully ensure the continued employment of a Honduran citizen authorized to work under the TPS program. When asked to re-verify his work authorization upon the expiration of his EAD on July 5, 2010, the Honduran citizen presented his employer with a receipt of re-registration under the TPS program. The employer contacted OSC for guidance on the acceptability of that document to re-establish work authority. While the receipt was unacceptable to establish work authority, OSC advised that DHS has extended the validity of EADs issued under the Honduran TPS program for six months, until January 5, 2011. OSC e-mailed a copy of the DHS Federal Register notice to the employer. Based on OSC’s guidance and receipt of the Federal Register notice, the employer permitted the TPS beneficiary to continue working.

Atlanta, GA

On September 8, 2010, OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary working at a national supermarket chain. The worker was asked to present additional documentation of her employment eligibility by September 9, 2010, the expiration date that appears on her EAD. We provided the human resources director of the local store where she works with a copy the Federal Register notice stating that EADs of Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries have been automatically extended by DHS for a six-month period, through March 9, 2011, and asked that the notice be forwarded the employer’s general counsel. The employer agreed to permit the TPS recipient to continue working.

Cedar Rapids, IA

On September 8, 2010, OSC helped a Salvadoran TPS recipient secure an application to a referral agency after he called to complain that the agency refused to give him an application because his EAD was expired. OSC called the agency to explain that pre-screening of immigration documentation to determine whether an individual can apply for a position may constitute a violation of the anti-discrimination provision if done on a discriminatory basis. The attorney also explained DHS’s automatic extension of EADs for Salvadoran TPS recipients. The employer immediately held a conference call with the HR staff at the Cedar Rapids location to discuss proper HR practices regarding employment eligibility verification and invited the worker to return to submit an application.

Houston, TX

On September 9, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention, ensuring that a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary could remain employed. The worker contacted OSC because his employer told him that he would have to present a new EAD when his EAD expired on September 9, 2010. We contacted the employer and explained that DHS had automatically extended the validity of EADs held by Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries until March 9, 2011, and provided the employer with a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. The employer agreed to not request further documentation from the worker.

Dallas, TX

On September 9, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention saving the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. A human resources representative from an automobile dealership contacted OSC seeking confirmation that the employer could fire the Salvadoran employee because his EAD expired on September 9, 2010, and the employee was unable to present other proof of work authorization. We confirmed with the employer that the employee was from El Salvador and had an EAD bearing the notation “A-12” under the “category” section and explained that the EADs of TPS beneficiaries have been automatically extended for an additional six months. We also sent a copy of the Federal Register notice to the representative explaining the Salvadoran TPS extension. As a result, the worker was permitted to keep his job.

Berwick, PA

On September 9, 2010, OSC completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The employer, a meat packing company, had placed the worker on leave because his EAD expired on September 9, 2010. OSC called the employer and faxed a copy of the Federal Register notice indicating that TPS for Salvadorans have been automatically extended for six months. The employer then contacted the worker, advised him to report to work, and paid him one day of lost wages.

Washington, DC

On September 10, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. His employer, a realtor, notified him that he would not be able to work past September 9, 2010, the expiration date on his EAD. We sent the employer the Federal Register notice announcing DHS’s automatic extension of Salvadoran TPS recipients’ EADs until March 9, 2011, and the employer agreed to allow the worker to continue working until that date.

Morristown, NJ

On September 10, 2010, an OSC saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary working at a fast food chain. The attorney received a call from a worker stating that she was told by her supervisor that she needed to present additional documentation of her employment eligibility by September 9, 2010, the expiration date that appears on her EAD. We called the employer and sent it the Federal Register notice announcing the that EADs of Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries have been automatically extended by DHS for a six-month period, through March 9, 2011. As a consequence, the employer allowed the worker to continue working.

Richmond, VA

On September 10, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. Her employer, a retirement community, notified her that she would not be able to work past September 9, 2010, the expiration date on her EAD. We sent the employer OSC’s TPS guidance and the Federal Register notice announcing DHS’s automatic extension of Salvadoran TPS recipients’ EADs until March 2011. The employer agreed to allow her to continue working until that date.

Modesto, CA

On September 10, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. His employer, a national trucking company, notified him that he would not be able to work past September 9, 2010, the expiration date on his EAD. We sent the employer the Federal Register notice and OSC guidance announcing DHS’s automatic extension of Salvadoran TPS recipients’ EADs until March 9, 2011. The employer agreed to allow the worker to return to work immediately.

New Orleans, LA

On September 10, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. His employer, an international oil company, notified him that he would not be able to work past September 9, 2010, the expiration date on his EAD. We sent the employer the Federal Register notice and OSC guidance announcing DHS’s automatic extension of Salvadoran TPS recipients’ EADs until March 2011. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue working until that date.

Plano, TX

On September 13, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient working at a carwash. She called OSC’s hotline to report that she was terminated because her EAD had expired. An OSC attorney called the employer’s human resources office and corporate counsel to explain DHS’s automatic extension of the EADs of Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries. As a result, the worker was reinstated with full reimbursement of lost wages. In addition, the employer will inform the managers at its 55 locations about the TPS extension for Salvadoran workers.

Hialeah, FL

On September 14, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The employer notified the employee that his EAD had expired on September 9, 2010, and that he needed to bring in a newly issued EAD. He was further informed that he could not work until a new EAD was presented. We contacted the employer’s headquarter office and explained DHS’s extension of employment authorization for TPS recipients. The employer invited the worker back and gave him full back pay for the three days he was not allowed to work.

Little Rock, AR

On September 14, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The employer notified the worker that his EAD had expired on September 9, 2010, and informed the employee that until he brought in a new EAD, he would not be allowed to work. We contacted the employer and explained DHS’s extension of employment authorization for Salvadoran TPS recipients, and the employer allowed the worker to return to work.

Knoxville, TN

On September 14, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient, who was fired after his EAD expired. We contacted the employer and explained that the worker is a TPS recipient from El Salvador with an EAD bearing the notation “A-12” under the “category” section. We further explained that the worker’s EAD has been automatically extended for an additional six months and sent it a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the TPS extension. The employer reinstated the worker and paid him back pay for the three days he was not permitted to work.

Hawkins Field, TX

On September 14, 2010, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention and allowed a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary to return to his job in construction services after he was suspended. The worker presented the Federal Register notice to the person handling human resources at his jobsite. However, the human resources representative insisted on suspending the worker on September 9, 2010. We contacted the representative, who explained that E-Verify still listed September 9, 2010, as the worker’s document expiration date in the newly added E-Verify system section called “Work Authorization Docs Expiring”. We directed the HR representative to USCIS guidance on TPS and she agreed to reinstate the worker immediately. (OSC has also brought this problem to the attention of the Verification Division at USCIS, which administers E-Verify).

Dallas, TX

On September 15, 2010, OSC intervened on behalf of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The employer contacted OSC and expressed confusion after an employee presented his EAD and stated that he was allowed to work with an expired EAD. We explained that DHS has automatically extended the EADs of Salvadoran TPS recipients until March 9, 2011, and, therefore, the worker should be allowed to continue working. We also provided the employer with the Federal Register notice announcing the extension. The employer agreed to allow the worker to continue working.

Los Angeles, CA

On September 15, 2010, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention and saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker contacted OSC after being told that he could no longer work because his EAD had expired. His employer, a real estate developer, wanted to see his renewed EAD. OSC contacted the company’s HR department and faxed them a copy of the Federal Register notice extending TPS for Salvadorans. A copy of the notice was forwarded to their legal counsel, who indicated to OSC that she would advise HR that the Federal Register is acceptable to continue employment for TPS recipients. The worker has returned to his job and will receive back pay for the time he was not working.

Atlanta, GA

On September 16, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and ensured the continued employment of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker was suspended from her job when she failed to provide a renewed EAD by September 9, 2010, the date listed on her current EAD. OSC informed the employer, a staffing company, about the automatic EAD extension through March 9, 2011, for Salvadorans under TPS. After the employer was forwarded the Federal Register notice about the automatic EAD extension, the TPS recipient was allowed to return to work.

Tyler, TX

On September 16, 2010, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention and saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. His employer, a large manufacturer, had suspended the worker because his EAD displayed a September 9, 2010, expiration date. The worker was referred by USCIS to OSC, which contacted the employer’s HR department and faxed a copy of the Federal Register notice explaining DHS’s automatic six-month extension of TPS for Salvadorans. The employer reinstated the worker and paid 58.87 hours in lost wages.

Silver Spring, MD

On September 16, 2010, OSC completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of two Salvadoran TPS recipients. Their employer, a large retail chain, had suspended them from work on September 9, the date listed on their EADs. One of the workers contacted OSC after being referred by USCIS to request assistance. OSC contacted the store’s HR representative; however, the HR representative stated that she had orders from the chain’s corporate office to discontinue employment for Salvadoran TPS recipients until they renewed their EADs. OSC spoke with the store manager and educated him on the six month extension for TPS workers from El Salvador, providing him with a copy of the Federal Register notice issued by DHS. The manager reinstated the workers immediately and agreed to pay 40 hours of lost wages for both workers.

Salt Lake City, UT

On September 16, 2010, OSC completed a successful telephone intervention and saved the job of three Salvadoran TPS recipients. The employer, a manufacturer of safes, rejected the workers’ explanation that their EADs were automatically extended, because when the employer checked with a USCIS customer service representative, she was told she could not continue to employ workers with expired EADs. OSC sent the employer a copy of the Federal Register notice extending the EAD, and the employer agreed to reinstate the workers.

Philadelphia, PA

On September 17, 2010, OSC completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a TPS recipient from El Salvador. Her employer, a large supermarket chain, told the worker that she would need to provide a renewed EAD before she could continue employment. OSC spoke with the employer’s HR representative and faxed a copy of the Federal Register notice explaining DHS’s automatic six-month extension of TPS for Salvadoran nationals. The HR representative contacted the worker immediately, and she has returned to work.

Miami, FL

On September 20, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention, ensuring that a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary will be rehired. The worker contacted OSC because his employer told him that he would have to present proof of his work authorization because his current EAD has an expiration date of September 9, 2010. OSC contacted the employer and explained that DHS extended the validity of EADs held by Salvadorans with TPS until March 9, 2011, and provided the employer with a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. The employer believed that the worker also needed proof of re-registration for a new EAD. After discussion with OSC, the employer agreed to rehire the worker.

Los Angeles, CA

On September 21, 2010, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of TPS recipient from El Salvador. The employer, a large medical device manufacturer, told the worker she was required to be on leave without pay until she could provide an unexpired EAD. The worker had been suspended for 7 work days by the time she contacted OSC. The OSC attorney called the employer, explained the details of the TPS extension, and sent the employer information regarding the issue. The OSC attorney also forwarded the Federal Register notice explaining DHS’s automatic extension of the EADs. The employer immediately called the worker and told her she could resume her job the next day and receive back pay for the time she was suspended.

Atlanta, GA

On September 21, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention, ensuring that a Salvadoran TPS recipient will be hired. The worker contacted OSC because a prospective employer, a national staffing company, told him that he would have to present proof of his work authorization because his current EAD has an expiration date of September 9, 2010. An OSC attorney contacted the employer’s general counsel and forwarded a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing DHS’s automatic six-month extension of EADs for Salvadoran TPS recipients. The employer agreed to hire the worker.

Manassas, VA

On September 22, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a TPS recipient from El Salvador. The worker was told to present his renewed EAD or he would not be permitted to continue working. OSC contacted the employer, explained DHS’s automatic extension of EADs for Salvadoran TPS recipients, and faxed a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the extension. The worker was allowed to return to work the same day.

Dallas, TX

On September 22, 2010, OSC intervened to save the job of a TPS recipient from El Salvador. The worker was told to present his renewed EAD or he would not be permitted to continue working. OSC contacted the employer’s HR department, explained DHS’s automatic extension of EADs for Salvadoran TPS recipients, and faxed a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the extension. The worker was allowed to return to work the same day.

Mount Pleasant, TX

On September 22, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention allowing a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary to return to work. The worker contacted OSC because his employer, a trucking company, terminated him on September 9, 2010, the expiration date listed on his EAD. OSC contacted the employer and explained that EADs for Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries have been automatically extended until March 9, 2011, and provided a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. The employer reinstated the worker immediately and provided back pay for the time missed.

Windsor Mill, MD

On September 22, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention allowing a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary to return to work. The worker contacted OSC because his employer, an engineering and construction firm, suspended him on September 9, 2010, the expiration date shown on his EAD. OSC contacted the employer and explained that EADs for Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries have been automatically extended until March 9, 2011, and provided a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. The employer brought the employee back to work immediately.

Richmond, VA

On September 23, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention allowing a Salvadoran TPS beneficiary to return to work. The employee contacted OSC because his employer, a food processing company, terminated him on September 9, 2010, the expiration date listed on his EAD. OSC contacted the employer and explained that EADs for Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries have been automatically extended until March 9, 2011, and provided a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. The employer brought the worker back to work immediately and provided back pay for the time missed.

Tampa, FL

On September 23, 2010, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker was asked by his employer to present a renewed EAD or he would not be permitted to continue working. OSC contacted the employer, a major food processing company, and provided an explanation of the automatic extension for TPS recipients from El Salvador and a copy of the Federal Register. The employer asked the worker to report to work as soon as possible.

Phoenix, AZ

On September 27, 2010, OSC completed a hotline intervention, ensuring that a TPS beneficiary could remain employed. An employer contacted OSC with the intention of suspending a worker because his EAD showed an expiration date of September 9, 2010. We explained to the employer that DHS automatically extended the validity of EADs held by Salvadoran TPS recipients until March 9, 2011, and provided the employer with a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. The employer agreed to not suspend the worker or to request further documentation from him.

Bound Brook, NJ

On September 27, 2010, OSC successfully completed a telephone intervention and saved the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The employer notified the worker that his EAD had an expiration date of September 9, 2010, and informed the worker that he would not be allowed to work until he brought in a renewed EAD or proof of an automatic extension of TPS for Salvadorans. We contacted the employer and sent the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. As a result, the employer allowed the worker to continue working.

Clinton City, OK

On September 28, 2010, OSC successfully intervened to save the job of a Salvadoran TPS recipient. The worker was asked by his employer to present a renewed EAD or he would not be allowed to continue working. OSC contacted the employer, a major food processing company, and explained the automatic extension for TPS recipients from El Salvador. OSC also provided a copy of the Federal Register automatic extension notice. The employer asked the worker to report to work as soon as possible.

General Information Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-related Unfair Employment Practices
 
Leadership
(currently vacant)
Special Counsel
Alberto Ruisanchez
Acting Deputy Special Counsel
Contact
Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
OSC, NYA 9000
Washington, D.C. 20530
(202) 616-5594
Worker Hotline: 1-800-255-7688
Employer Hotline: 1-800-255-8155
Teletypewriter (TTY) (202) 616-5525 & 1-800-237-2515
Fax: (202) 616-5509
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