As previously reported, investigations by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are expected to increase, especially throughout this summer. They will be scrutinizing suspected, undocumented workers and the businesses that employ them.
Time is of the essence. Review your ICE Audit & Raid Plan in the event your business receives an unexpected visit from this federal agency. Your ICE Audit & Raid Plan should establish your protocols for responding to a workplace audit or raid.
WHAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD KNOW
- Be aware — Understand that violations have serious consequences including monetary penalties and arrests of unauthorized workers and employers.
- Be prepared — Plan for the possibility of receiving a Notice of Inspection (NOI) of your Forms I-9 or a workplace “raid.”
- Be ready — Ensure the identity and work authorization is verified for each employee with a Form I-9.
DON’T DELAY – PREPARE NOW
You can never anticipate if this activity will impact your business. It is important to have proactive measures in place including an ICE Audit & Raid Plan, and to keep your employees calm during such a disruptive time.
If you need assistance or advice, contact an attorney at JDSA Law.