Does this still really need to be said?
If you are an employer with employees who are not legally allowed to work in the United States, I’m telling you, it is against the law. So, stop!
This is an incredibly sensitive topic, given the current political climate and recent actions at the U.S. borders. However, what is happening there has nothing to do with the laws in place regarding employment of legal U.S. citizens. Do not confuse a potential human rights issue with an employment rights issue.
By the way, saying, “I didn’t know,” really doesn’t cut it anymore. All employers have had to verify the identity and employment authorization of each person hired since November 6, 1986. That’s right, for more than 30 years.
If you decide this law just isn’t for you, here are the risks:
- Civil fines and/or criminal penalties (when there is a pattern or practice of violations) — these can be upward of $10,000 per illegal employee.
- Up to six months in jail for willful violations.
- Debarment from government contracts.
Don’t put yourself, your employees, or your company at risk by breaking the law. If you have any questions about this process, please visit https://www.uscis.gov.