ICE Goes After Three Restaurants with Little Success at OCAHO

The Office of Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), which issued three decisions involving restaurants in March 2013 severely reduced ICE’s proposed penalties that is of interest for our clients in the Retail and NRA verticals. A summary of the cases are provided below and is courtesy of ILW  and is  authored by Bruce E. Buchanan, an […]

ICE fines San Diego-area companies for hiring unlawful employees
 worksite enforcement strategy holds employers accountable for violations

As part its enforcement strategy to reduce illegal employment and protect job opportunities for the nation’s lawful workforce, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday that 10 employers in San Diego and Imperial counties were fined by ICE during fiscal year 2012 for various employment-related violations. Collectively, the fines totalled more than $173,800, with […]

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with a Houston College to Resolve Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices

The Justice Department announced today that it has reached an agreement with Houston based college resolving allegations that the college violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  The college employs approximately 6,000 employees across 20 campuses and is one of the largest community colleges in the country. 
The Justice Department’s investigation […]

Kansas corporation admits knowingly hiring illegal alien to run McDonald’s franchise

A Kansas corporation agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to an immigration charge after a federal investigation showed that the manager of one of its McDonald’s restaurants in Wichita was an illegal alien. This announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, District of Kansas. This guilty plea agreement resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration […]

DHS Issues Updated Guidance on Electronic Form I-9 Compliance

On August 23rd 2010 US Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s electronic signature and storage of electronic Form I-9 went into effect. In summary the rule amended regulations that allow employers to complete and store electronically generated Form I-9. The rule also made modification regarding the requirement of audit trails. Whenever an electronic I-9 is created, completed, […]

New Jersey Firm Fined more than $600,000 for Hiring Illegal Aliens

Following an investigation and audit of Form I-9 documents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), a Secaucus, N.J., company has been fined $625,000 for failing to comply with employment eligibility verification requirements. HSI conducted a Form I-9 inspection of a clothing manufacturer that produces screen print and embroidery work. HSI […]

North Carolina Makes E-Verify Mandatory from Oct 1st 2012 on a Staggered Basis

North Carolina begins to put its E-Verify legislation into practice beginning October this year. The N.C. General Assembly passed E-Verify legislation that will become effective in three phases as follows: Effective Oct. 1, 2012—employers with 500 or more employees will be required to use E-Verify to check work authorization for all new hires. Effective Jan. […]