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    Fines for hiring undocumented workers have risen

    Fines for hiring undocumented workers have risen

    by Portia Baudisch
    Tuesday, May 21st 2019

    EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — The fines for hiring undocumented workers has risen, according to a conference in El Paso on how businesses can be sure to follow the law.

    Last month, the civil fines for a first-time offense rose to a minimum of $573.

    Not only have the fines risen, but Immigration Customs and Enforcement is also focusing on auditing businesses and looking for those that hire undocumented workers.

    In the fiscal year 2018, there were 113 company management arrests for violations regarding unauthorized workers, and that was before the spike in crossings.

    “If what's going on is I've got a domestic worker or a gardener who they're solely working for me, then indeed you can be subject to being seen as an employer,” said immigration attorney Kathleen Walker.

    Walker said because of the grey area between validating citizenship and being discriminatory, people should seek legal counsel if they think they have an undocumented person working for them.

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    Yes, but the number of fines and charges for employers of illegal aliens has fallen to levels lower than Obama's under the rule of President Donald J Trump.
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    I-9 Audits and Investigations of Employers Have Nearly Quadrupled in 2018

    By Angel Feng
    August 28, 2018

    Government enforcement activities at businesses have significantly increased this year. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already conducted 5,200 audits this year compared to 1,360 audits in all of 2017. This is consistent with the Trump administration’s focus on immigration enforcement.

    What are I-9 Inspections?

    Employers have been required to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires since 1986, and document that information using Form I-9 by the third day after the first day of employment. I-9 records must be updated and retained by employers in accordance with DHS regulations. ICE conducts targeted inspections of employers’ Form I-9 records to ensure compliance with the law, and to confirm that employees are authorized to work in the U.S.

    I-9 inspections, which may be targeted as a result of anonymous leads and tips, are commenced by an ICE officer serving the employer with a Notice of Inspection (NOI). When an employer receives an NOI, the employer is typically given three days advance notice to prepare for the inspection. Less time may be given if ICE presents a search warrant to the employer. Therefore, it is critical for employers to regularly conduct I-9 self-audits, and engage in regular and systematic training of human resources personnel with responsibility for I-9s to ensure that their I-9s are in order.

    What to Expect

    What Happens if ICE Finds Violations?

    If ICE identifies violations, the agency could impose civil fines, and may also recommend criminal prosecution if there were intentional or known violations.

    Fines are increasing every year. Current fines for paperwork violations range from $224 minimum to $2,236 maximum per violation. Even typos or mistakenly entering the wrong date of birth may be found to be a paper violation. Likewise, fines for violations when an employer knowingly hired ineligible workers range from $559 to $4,473 per violation. These include knowing that a new hire is unauthorized to work in the U.S. and still employing him/her, situations where the employer should have known, such as when untrained eyes could detect the lack of authenticity of documents presented, or continuing to employ an employee after learning that he or she is not authorized to work.

    In short, employers have the obligation to properly and carefully complete I-9 forms and review documents. Training personnel who complete and conduct I-9 verifications is critical to remaining compliant, as well as periodically conducting audits. Enforcement activities will continue to be a major focus of ICE during the Trump administration.

    Mintz Levin attorneys are available to conduct I-9 audits and on-site trainings. Please contact our office to inquire about these services.
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