Thanks to a federal judge in California, the new no-match letters from the Social Security Administration with rules from the Department of Homeland Security aimed at cracking down on illegal workers will not be going out for now.

Last week U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the new no-match letters from going out. A lawsuit filed by the AFL-CIO claims that the rules set by the Department of Homeland Security “threaten to violate workers’ rights and unfairly burden employers,” reports CNN.com. To read the full article, go to:http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/08/31/immigrant.employers.ap/index.html?section=cnn_latest

A hearing  is set for Oct. 1.

The letters, which were set to start arriving next week in employers’ mailboxes, were to be accompanied by a letter from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement that details the specific steps an employer must take to resolve a reported no-match on an employee’s social security number. If employers follow the procedures, then they will be in a so-called “safe harbor” situation where they are less likely to be considered to be knowingly employing someone who is not authorized to work in the United States. If however, the situation cannot be resolved within 93 days of receipt of the no-match letter, then the employee in question must be fired.

CNN.com