Encino Immigration Compliance Attorneys
Federal authorities take U.S. immigration law and policy very seriously, and they work hard to enforce it. This includes investigating and taking action against companies that fail to comply with all employment-related immigration laws. It is important to ensure you are in full compliance to begin with, and if you face any issues with federal agencies, you need representation during any investigations or legal proceedings.
At the law firm of Kaufman McAndrew LLP, our immigration compliance lawyers assist with both proactive measures to ensure compliance and responding to allegations of noncompliance. Contact our office to learn more about our services to California employers, and read about some matters we handle below.
Worksite enforcement has ramped up in recent years, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Unit all increasing enforcement efforts. These agencies follow leads to investigate workplaces and immigration compliance, and they can end up arresting unlawful employees and issuing serious penalties against employers.
Companies want to make sure they are in full compliance with all requirements for H-1B employees. These can include paying required wages, Labor Condition Application (LCA) postings, public access files, and more. DOL audits can easily uncover any issues, which can result in civil penalties, orders of back pay, or even disqualification from the H-1B program.
Every company that has employees is required to verify each employee’s identity and authorization to work in the U.S. This is recorded on Form I-9, and your company should have one on file for everyone hired after November 6, 1986. Employers have the responsibility to review the employee’s documentation showing they are eligible to work, and strict compliance is expected.
There are different federal and state laws that require electronic verification of employment eligibility, called E-Verify and run by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is important to stay on top of any requirements to register and use E-Verify, as well as to fully understand how to use the system and your company’s obligations.
SSA No-Match Notices
When employee information on a W-2 wage statement does not match federal records, it can be flagged by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA will send a “no-match” letter to the employer, and it is critical for companies to respond with the appropriate action. Authorities can use mismatched information as evidence that an employer knew it had unauthorized workers, and an improper response to a no-match letter can have consequences.
Seek Assistance from Encino Immigration Compliance Lawyers
As every employer should know, there are many aspects of immigration noncompliance of which you should be aware. The laws and policies are constantly changing, so it helps to have the help of an experienced Encino immigration compliance attorney who can assess potential areas of noncompliance. We also help in responding to government allegations of noncompliance.
For assistance with this type of matter, reach out to Kaufman McAndrew LLP for help. Contact us online or call 818-788-5767 today.