ICE Visits Businesses to Enforce Workplace Laws

by Vanessa Ridden May 25, 2011

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has recently issued over 1,000 notices of upcoming inspections to businesses throughout the United States. This helps to show ICE's attempt to ensure that all United States businesses are following the laws. Any businesses that violate the law will be subject to costly fines. The government hopes to show the seriousness of the issues at hand.

If your business has not received a notice, it's important to make sure that you take extra efforts to ensure that you're following all of the laws. This can help to avoid possible consequences in the future. ICE plans to continue issuing additional notices throughout the year. There are no specific businesses or type of industries that will be targeted. The ICE will continue to deliver notices to a variety of businesses.

It's important to note that the government will not be issuing notices at random. All notices are based on tips or leads that are given to the ICE through government agencies or businesses. The ICE hopes to combat businesses that are illegally hiring immigrants. All leads and tips will be investigated.

What are the costs of these hefty fines? Businesses that choose to ignore the current immigration workplace laws will be subject to fines ranging from $110-$16,000. These fines are given on a per violation basis. While negative consequences include fines, there may be additional consequences. This may include federal contract debarment, loss of branding and costly legal fees. This can add up to a large loss for any business that chooses to violate the law.

The United States wants to make sure that all United States workers are legally able to work. ICE hopes to remind all businesses of their legal and administrative duties in relation to hiring practices. This not only includes making sure that all workers are legal, but that all necessary employee verification forms are documented.

If you're a business owner or a hiring manger, it's a good idea to take extra steps to make sure that you're in compliance with all workplace laws. This will not only save you from possible fines and serious consequences but it will also allow you to have a legal workforce. If you do receive notice, it's a good idea to seek legal counsel in order to be fully protected and ensure that you're meeting all legal requirements.

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