SSN Mismatches: Avoiding Discrimination And Liability

Law360, New York (March 28, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT) -- With spring here and the summer fast approaching, many employers will start hiring additional employees and other temporary workers for the upcoming season. An upswing in hiring also means that employers may see an upswing in mismatched Social Security numbers (SSN).

Outside of the hiring context, employers also learn about employee SSN mismatches in other ways, from the U.S. Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “no-match” letters to wage garnishment notices, state and local agency inquiries, and even employees themselves. The penalties for overreacting to or ignoring an...
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