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You can use the following tools to inform and educate both citizens and immigrants in your communities about employment.

Defending the Rights of Immigrant Workers (PDF)
This document by the AFL-CIO is a directory of national advocacy groups and service providers where union members can find information about the rights of immigrants and refugees.

Frequently Asked Questions
From the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices, answers to everything from what are my rights and responsibilities as an employer to the I-9 list of acceptable documents to prove identity and work eligibility.

Guide to Drafting Day Labor Legislation: A Guide for Organizers and Advocates (PDF)
This guide provides step by step directions for drafting day labor legislation in your city or state that covers key issues such as defining the "employer," providing day laborers with adequate wage and hour protections, transportation and safety and health protections, and including model enforcement language.

Guide to Labor and Employment Laws for Migrant Workers in North America
Consists of individual fact sheets about a range of areas of labor and employment law in each North American country. These fact sheets are written in an easy-to-read question-and-answer style and are downloadable in English, Spanish and French. The Guide also contains a directory to all of the governmental labor and employment offices in every state and province in North America.

Materials for Workers
The National Employment Law Project (NELP)has published fact sheets explaining legal and employment rights for workers in New York. These include "Understanding Deductions from Wages," "Employment Discrimination Fact Sheet," "Getting Employment Benefits and Keeping Them,” "Immigration Status and Your Rights as a Worker," "Social Security No-Match Letters; Questions and Answers for Workers." Some fact sheets are available in Spanish and Chinese.

Reverification: When May Employers Check Work Authorization? (PDF)
Produced by the National Employment Law Project, is a fact sheet explaining the legal process by which employers verify work authorization and the circumstances under which this is permitted.

Toolkit for Organizers: Social Security Administration's (SSA) "No-Match" Letters 
This toolkit provides background information on the SSA's no-match program, as well as samples of the various no-match letters sent by SSA. Additionally, the toolkit provides community and labor organizers with practical suggestions on how to effectively deal with employers on this issue.

US Supreme Court's decision in Hoffman Plastic Compounds v. NLRB
Fact sheets for workers describing the Supreme Court case and the resulting decision regarding the rights of workers. By the National Employment Law Project (NELP), it also offers a version in Spanish.

Workers Tool Box

By the National Network of Committees/Coalitions on Occupational Safety and Health, Tool Box includes fact sheets and other materials to help workers use their rights under federal OSHA laws. Some materials available in other languages: Hmong, Haitian Creole, Polish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean and Portuguese.

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