Many companies are receiving mismatch letters from the U.S. Social Security Administration, with some executives wrongly assuming that the listed employees are illegally in the country. The knee-jerk � and incorrect � response is often to terminate these employees to avoid liability under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

A mismatch letter should not be treated as an indication that an employee does not have work authorization. Aside from the possibility that an employee may be an illegal worker, there are a number of reasons why an employee’s name and Social Security number do not match.

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