Have you recently received a letter from the Social Security Administration, or SSA, notifying you that an employee’s name and social security number doesn’t match agency records?
Earlier this year, the SSA announced it would revive its “no-match” letter program, which was in place for nearly two decades beginning in 1993. In 2012, however, the no-match letter program was stopped, due to various complaints and lawsuits from labor unions, immigrant advocates, and the business community.
But since the end of March, no-match letters have returned with a vengeance.
The new no-match letters contain the following warning to address some of the discrimination concerns raised by earlier iteration of the program:
“IMPORTANT: This letter does not imply that you or your employee intentionally gave the government wrong information about the employee’s name or SSN. This letter does not address your employee's work authorization or immigration status. You should not use this letter to take any adverse action against an employee, such as laying off, suspending, firing, or discriminating against that individual, just because his or her SSN or name does not match our records. Any of those actions could, in fact, violate state or federal law and subject you to legal consequences.”