Investors likely gave no thought to I-9 compliance when buying shares in the Mexican fast food restaurant Chipotle. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement I-9 audits of the company’s restaurants that began late last year and are ongoing already have resulted in hundreds of allegedly unauthorized workers losing their jobs. That was just the beginning. With

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced this week that it will serve Notices of Inspection to 500 employers across the United States. According to ICE, the Notices stem from leads and other reports alleging the employment of unauthorized workers, payment of unfair wages or other unlawful working conditions. This new announcement confirms ICE’s intent to

On August 19, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it was rescinding its August 2007 and October 2008 regulatory amendments concerning actions employers can take to benefit from "safe harbor" protection after receiving notification from DHS or the Social Security Administration that an employee’s reported work authorization or Social Security information does not match government records. In October 2007 a U.S. District Court in California preliminarily enjoined implementation of the regulations. Under the revised regulations, if employers took certain actions within prescribed timeframes, they could shield themselves from liability for allegedly employing individuals who lacked authorization to work in the United States. For additional information on the revised regulation, please review prior blog postings on this topic. Continue Reading U.S. Department of Homeland Security Rescinds Safe Harbor Regulation for Employers That Receive “No Match” Letters

Resolving a split among the circuit courts, the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday in Flores-Figueroa v. United States significantly limited a tactic used by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to address the issue of undocumented workers.
Continue Reading Supreme Court Restricts Use of Identity Theft Statute to Combat Undocumented Workers