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. Many hospitality employers are vulnerable due to the franchise model of ownership. Hospitality employers would be wise to become familiar with the new worksite enforcement strategy, which incorporates a three-pronged approach. With the increase in investigations also came an increase in penalties, which nearly doubled in the past year.

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