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A Double Whammy for California Employers: Heightened Immigration Investigations and New Fines

A new California law imposes new and different obligations on California public and private employers for immigration worksite visits, activities and enforcement by federal government agencies. The Californias Immigrant Worker Protection Act (IWPA), which became effective Jan. 1, 2018, creates new fines for failure to comply with its obligations. To comply with the IWPA, California […]


ICE Storm: Immigration Compliance Threats to the Hospitality Industry

With an estimated 11 million undocumented individuals living in the United States, just about every industry employs foreign nationals without proper work authorization. The hospitality industry is especially prone to problems and ever since the Obama administration began a new worksite enforcement initiative in 2009, hospitality has been a target industry for immigration compliance investigations. […]


Response Protocol for I-9 Audit and Immigration Raid

A Form I-9 Audit begins when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) serves a Notice of Inspection to a company representative requesting a review of the companys I-9 forms for every employee. ICE may not request any personnel file that goes beyond a current and past employees list with social security information. A Notice of inspection […]


ICE Confirms 150-Plus Arrests in California Sweep, Slams Schaafs Early Warning

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf recently alerted the city that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents soon would be conducting workplace raids and now she is being investigated to see she broke any laws by issuing the warning. It is Oaklands legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws, she […]


ICE to Employers: Expect More Form I9 Audits, Arrests and Outreach

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducted workplace raids on 77 businesses in San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose in February and in early January, nearly 100 7-Eleven stores were targeted in the largest immigration enforcement operation conducted under President Donald Trump. Employers should expect this increase in worksite enforcement to continue. ICE audited 1,360 […]


Immigration Officials Raid 77 Northern California Businesses This Week

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently reported that, between Jan. 29 and Jan. 31, 77 Northern California businesses were raised. Taking place in the San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento areas, ICEs Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents served notices of inspections (NOIs) to alert business owners that an audit of hiring records would be […]


Immigration Agents Raid Dozens of 7-Eleven Stores

In what began with a four-year-old case against a franchisee in Long Island, New York, agents targeted about 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide to open employment audits and interview workers. President Trumps sharp expansion of immigration enforcement has already brought a 40 percent increase in deportation arrests. Illegal hiring rarely is prosecuted, partly because investigations are […]


How to Avoid Common Form I-9 Violations

Fines for knowingly hiring or continuing to employ unauthorized workers can reach as much as $16,000 per violation. These four important areas will help employers avoid common Form I-9 violations. 1. Form I-9 must be retained for three years after the date of hire or one year after the date of termination, whichever is later. […]


Form I-9 Worksite Enforcement Expected to Ramp Up in 2018

President Donald Trumps administration has signaled that the number of Form I-9 employment eligibility verification audits will significantly escalate in 2018. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to increase worksite investigations of employers by four or five times. Size is not a factor when it comes to ICE audits of workers employment eligibility. Read […]


California I-9 Compliance Update

Assembly Bill 450, which implements new requirements for California employers in relation to California I-9 compliance and worksite enforcement responsibilities, took effect on the first of the year. The law affects both public and private employers and limits voluntary consents, requires employers to provide disclosures, limits re-verification, and inflicts penalties for non-compliance. Read more




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