Employment-Based Immigration in the Trump Era: HR Communication, Strategies and Best Practices

2018 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
Learn best practices and communication tactics for remaining compliant with immigration laws and preparing for enforcement actions.

The first year of the Trump administration was marked by policy changes and heightened enforcement for employment-based visa programs (and for employment verification). More changes and enforcement initiatives are expected in 2018, and employers need to be prepared. In this session, you will learn how to stay compliant and acquire strategies for communicating internally to your C-suite, managers and foreign nationals about laws and policies recently enacted or coming down the pike from the administration, Congress and government agencies. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of recent policy changes and enforcement trends for employment-based visa programs and employment verification and what is expected for these areas in the year ahead.
  • Learn best practices for visa compliance and preparing for audits in the Trump era.
  • Learn communication strategies for ensuring that the C-suite, managers and foreign nationals have appropriate information about the current state of play and look ahead on employment-based immigration.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 3:45pm to 5:15pm

Cynthia Lange


Cynthia leads the firm’s High Tech practice in the heart of Silicon Valley.  As the Managing Partner of the firm’s Northern California practice, she directs the strategic representation of companies ranging from large Fortune 500 companies to small start-up companies in the firm’s “e-group.” She has worked with numerous companies to set up and manage worldwide immigration compliance programs. She also offers legal advice to individual investors (i.e., EB-5).  Cynthia is a longtime Adjunct Professor at Southwestern University School of Law where she has taught since 1988. She also frequently lectures on corporate immigration and, as a thought leader in the industry, she has written numerous articles on business immigration law matters.  Cynthia is also the Managing Partner in charge of the firm’s I-9 Service Center, which offers state of the art electronic I-9 tools and advisory services for proper I-9 and E-Verify completion. She is experienced in government investigations, audits and establishing compliance programs for companies.  Cynthia serves as a member of Fragomen's Executive Committee. Cynthia joined Fragomen over 30 years ago, after beginning her career at the U.S. Department of Justice as an INS trial attorney.

Elizabeth K. Deardorff

Elizabeth K.

Elizabeth Deardorff leads the Global Employment Legal team of attorneys and professionals at DXC Technology, a leading IT services company guiding some of the world’s largest enterprises and government agencies through digital transformations.  DXC operates in about 65 countries with about 150,000 employees, supporting thousands of clients.  Elizabeth has been Board Certified in Labor and Employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2002.  She currently leads the Global Immigration practice of DXC.  Her B.A. in Government was from the University of Texas at Austin, and her law degree is from Southern Methodist University; she resides in Texas.



Rebecca Peters


Mrs. Peters has worked with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since October 2018. She previously worked for SHRM’s former affiliate the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) in the Washington DC metro-area for nearly fifteen years, helping to advance high skilled immigration and employment verification reforms with the U.S. Congress, the White House and the federal agencies. She has served as a chair of the policy committee of the Compete America coalition. She also serves on other coalitions and working groups to educate and advance immigration system efficiencies and to ensure critical changes to employer immigration compliance are reasonable.

Location: Mount Vernon Square
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Concurrent Session
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