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Hiring Illegal Immigrants Against the Law & Could Prove Costly

Date Added: May 03, 2012 12:39:06 PM
Author: Joel Polston
Category: Business & Economy: Finance & Investment: Insurance

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, there are an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in America, and they account for about 5 percent of the workforce. In the construction industry they comprise around 14 percent of workers, with estimates as high as 22 to 36 percent. Law enforcement agency across the nation are cracking down on employers who hire these undocumented workers, levying huge fines, as well as seeking criminal prosecution and the seizing of assets. Because of these factors contractors and construction managers are doing everything in their power to comply with all immigration-related laws and regulations. Since the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) went into effect, all U.S. employers must verify the identity and work eligibility of any and all individuals, whether or not they are citizens of the U.S., and as stated by law, they cannot employ the labor of an individual known to be ineligible for employment, or be subject to civil and criminal penalties. Upon Discovering Undocumented Workers The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with The Department of Labor, issue a Form I-9, which is a work authorization form, for all employers to have on record for each person in their employment. These forms contain an expiration date, which requires them to re-verify their status prior to that date. Failure to retain these forms for all individuals in their employment is also in violation of the law. These documents must be surrendered to a DHS agent, or any authorized official of the Dept. of Labor upon request. Should an employer find that an employee is unable to present valid forms showing they are eligible to work in the U.S., they may no longer allow them to continue working until they can present acceptable documentation. Knowledge of these laws and guidelines are important in protecting a business from serious repercussions. Some States Propose The Hiring of Illegals Kansas is looking into the possibility of mandates allowing the hiring of illegals in those hard-to-fill jobs. Utah has a guest worker program, but it isn't set to start until January 2013, while states with large populations of undocumented immigrants, such as California, Florida and Texas, don't have their own programs. Wendy Sefsaf, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based Immigration Policy Council, described the Kansas proposal as “unprecedented”. She remains skeptical as to whether the federal government would allow a program of this type, though she says she is sympathetic toward its goals. The new proposal complicates the debate over immigration in Kansas where, ironically, the GOP-controlled Legislature haven't been able to pass the same tough measures enacted in other states. contractor insurance Orlando http://www.newmancraneins.com/commercial-insurance-orlando-florida/indrustries-served/contractors-insurance/
 
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