Employers will be seeing stepped-up Immigration Inspections

In a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, it was noted that ICE will engage in stepped-up enforcement at work-sites, looking for undocumented workers or other violations of immigration law.

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http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/Employers-should-prepare-for-immigration-12486366.php

It is unlawful for an employer to hire or employ a person who is not a citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States.

There are severe penalties for employers that fail to get a properly completed I-9 form from every worker. These forms are just as important as the W-4 or background check done for every new worker.

If the I-9 form is not properly signed or dated, or missing information, there can be huge paperwork penalties that amount to tens of thousands of dollars. This Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer has defended businesses on such cases in the past, helping clients to avoid huge penalties.

The other issue is that if ICE wants to, they can criminally charge the employer and arrest the owners of the business if they find any undocumented workers. It is very important for employers to make sure that their workers are all properly documented, or the employer should consider terminating the worker or helping them to apply for a work permit. Even for undocumented workers, there are often ways to get work permits.

For further information, I may be reached at bruce.coane@gmail.com or at 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800.

 

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