- OSC Outreach
- OSC Refugees/Asylees Guidance
- OSC Social Security Number No-Match Guidance
- Temporary Protected Status
- OSC Publications
- OSC Posters
- OSC Video
- OSC PowerPoint
- National Origin Working Group
OSC’s outreach and education program is aimed at helping employers and workers understand the anti-discrimination provision of the INA. OSC’s staff is available to participate in seminars and conferences. To find out if there will be any seminars or conferences in your area, or if you would like to organize your own event featuring an OSC speaker, please contact OSC’s Public Affairs staff at OSCCRT@usdoj.gov or (202) 616-5594. OSC will consider requests to send a staff member from its Washington office to events nationwide for groups of 50 or more attendees.
OSC Guidance with Respect to Asylees and Refugees
Refugee and asylum status may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they may be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. See Section 101(A)(42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Refugees and asylees are authorized to work indefinitely but may receive temporary employment authorization documents (EADs) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Refugees and asylees are authorized to work whether or not they have DHS-issued work authorization documents. As with all newly hired employees, refugees and asylees must still complete an I-9 Form and present either one document from List A or a combination of one document from List B and one document from List C.
Watch OSC's short video on reverification of the I-9 form for refugees (and asylees) here.
For more information on refugee and asylum status from the USCIS website, click here.
OSC Social Security Number (SSN) No-Match Guidance
Employers sometimes receive notices that an employee’s name and Social Security number (SSN) do not match the records on file with either the Social Security Administration or an outside entity drawing on publicly available Social Security number data. SSN no-matches are not necessarily the result of fraud or identity theft, and employers should not automatically assume that such notices mean that an employee is not authorized to work in the United States. Accordingly, OSC has developed guidance for employers and employees relating to SSN no-match notices.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Click here to learn more about TPS and DED and to view OSC’s guidance for workers and employers.
OSC Publications for Employers
If you are unable to access any of these materials, please call our office -- voice (1-800-255-7688) or TTY (1-800-237-2515) -- to request printed versions which will be mailed to you.
- Best Practices for Online Job Postings (2 page flyer) A list of do's and don'ts when creating online job postings.
- EEOC v. OSC Comparison Flyer A chart that shows the differences between what charges of discrimination the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Special Counsel handle.
- Employer Best Practices During Worksite Enforcement Audits A 1-page outline of what actions are and are not proper for employers during worksite enforcement audits.
- Employer Brochure (also in Spanish) A 6-page guide to avoid immigration-related employment discrimination that specifies the proper way to comply with hiring regulations and the Immigration and Nationality Act.
- Employer Guide A 9-page guide to hiring that provides employers with a list of documents they can ask employees to provide, descriptions of how the laws affect employers, and hypothetical hiring situations that could be harder to deal with.
- Employer Webinar Announcement Flyer (also in Spanish) An invitation to learn about the best practices when dealing with social security checks and E-Verify and how to avoid committing discrimination that is prohibited by the Immigration and Nationality Act.
- E-Verify Dos and Don'ts A 2-page list of ways to properly use the E-Verify system.
- Fact Patterns Flyer A 3-page detailed list of actions that constitute as discrimination prohibited by the Immigration and Nationality Act.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Name/Social Security Number "No-Matches" A 2-page explanation of how to deal with no-match situations in a non-discriminatory manner.
- How Employers Can Avoid Discrimination in the Form I-9 and E-Verify Process A 2-page flyer outlining best practices for employers to avoid discrimination in employment eligibility verification.
- IRCA: What You Should Know (also in Spanish) A 2-page description of the Immigration Reform and Control Act that states ways to comply with the law while requesting documentation from employees. Published: 8/7/09
- Joint OSC-ICE Internal I-9 Audit Guidance for Employers A guide for employers conducting an internal review of Forms I-9. Published: 12/14/15
- Jurisdiction Overview Flyer A 2-page introduction for employers to OSC's jurisdiction under the anti-discrimination provision of the INA and the employment eligibility verification process.
- Name and Social Security Number (SSN) "No-Matches" Information for Employers (Dos and Don'ts) A 1-page list of actions employers should and should not do while investigating SSA no-match issues.
- Refugee/Asylee Employer Flyer A 1-page explanation of who qualifies as a refugee and/or asylee, specific documents that are unique to those who fall in this category, and the rights they have to work in the United States.
- 10 Steps to Avoid Discrimination A 1-page list of ways to avoid discrimination during the employment process based on national origin and/or citizenship status.
- Temporary Protected Status/Deferred Enforced Departure (for any country) A 1-page guide to understanding TPS and DED programs in order to follow the regulations and avoid discrimination.
- Temporary Protected Status (for El Salvador) A 1-page overview for employers with workers in TPS in a question and answer format.
OSC Video Explaining Federal Protections Against Immigration-Related Discrimination in the Workplace
OSC PowerPoint Presentation
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Federal Protection Against National Origin Discrimination
Worker Hotline: 1-800-255-7688 • Employer Hotline: 1-800-255-8155