South Florida Worksite Compliance Attorney
Helping Employers Adhere to Immigration Employment Law
In the past year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun to heavily crack down on employment violations. Employers with undocumented workers who aren’t compliant with state and federal laws can face both civil and criminal penalties. These may cost an employer thousands of dollars per violation. In 2017, in fact, ICE issued its most expensive penalty in the agency’s history for noncompliance with hiring requirements. This penalty ended up costing one business $95 million.
As an immigration law firm, we have an in-depth understanding of worksite enforcement and compliance. We can not only defend you during investigations, but also develop a strategic compliance plan to help prevent the investigations entirely.
Contact our worksite compliance lawyer at The Gaston Law Firm, P.A. to get started on your compliance plan today. We counsel and represent employers in the St. Lucie & Martin Counties and beyond.
What Happens During a Worksite Compliance Inspection?
When an employer hires a new worker, they must complete Form I-9 to ensure the applicant is eligible for employment in the U.S. The applicant must provide proof of their identity and eligibility in order to accept employment. Both the applicant and employer must complete and sign the designated sections on Form I-9.
During an I-9 inspection, employers are asked to show not only the original Form I-9, but payroll records, tax records, and other employee records as well. However, producing these documents can be difficult for businesses with high turnover rates, such as companies in construction, agriculture, lawn service, food service, and hospitality industries.
Special Agents from ICE will work with a forensic auditor to review the forms for substantive deficiencies and inconsistencies. Violations will cost the employer money and may even force them to fire ineligible employees. This can devastate the employer’s bottom line and can weaken the business’s ability to meet its service or production demands.
Fines & Penalties in South Florida
If an employer fails to immediately fire an ineligible employee, they can be subject to civil and criminal consequences. Noncompliance fines are based on various factors, such as the number of ineligible employees and the number of violations. In some cases, the government can pursue criminal charges against a noncompliant employer.
Talk to Our Worksite Compliance Lawyer Today
Because ICE strictly enforces workplace compliance, gathering all necessary documentation and creating an airtight compliance plan is imperative. At The Gaston Law Firm, P.A., our lawyer has decades of experience handling complex immigration law and workplace compliance cases. We can assess your situation, help you devise a failsafe plan, and defend you against allegations and audits.