Increased Fines for Undocumented Workers
Federal law requires that all employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new employees (including seasonal workers) within three days of hire. Employees are required to complete the Form I-9, and employees must provide employers with documentation establishing both identity and eligibility to work within the United States.
To help employers verify worker status, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have established an electronic system called E-Verify, which allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly-hired employees.
In March of 2008, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security enacted new border security reforms that increased the fines for hiring undocumented workers by as much as $5000.
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