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Wednesday, 07 November 2007 17:00

New Arizona Immigration Law

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HB 2779, Arizona's Fair and Legal Employment Act is set to begin January 1, 2008

Arizona’s new state law that prohibits employers from intentionally or knowingly hiring unauthorized aliens becomes effective January 1, 2008.  After December 31, 2007, every employer will be required to verify the employment eligibility of the newly hired employee through the “E-Verify” program. E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA), and provides an automated link to federal databases to help employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

Violation of this new law may result in probation and suspension or revocation of all state licenses held by the employer based on the following conditions:

· For a first violation of an employer knowinglyhiring an unauthorized alien, a mandatory three year probation will be imposed and may have all state licenses suspended for ten days.

· For a first violation of an employer intentionallyhiring an unauthorized alien, a mandatory five year probation and minimum10 day license suspension will be imposed.

· For a second violation during a time of probation, the employer will have all of their state licenses permanently revoked.

The current political landscape and immigration issues will continue to place more responsibility on the employers, with ICE and DHS most likely increasing enforcement of federal I-9 requirements. Therefore, employers should audit all of their I-9 forms for existing employees, either internally or using legal counsel. We recommend that all employers use the next two months reviewing their hiring procedures to ensure that they are compliant with the current federal Immigration Reform and Control Act, including the Form I-9 requirements.

A copy of the act (HB 2779; Laws 2007, Chapter 279) may be downloaded at: www.azleg.gov

Sunday, 01 February 2009 17:00

Illegal Immigration Still a Hot Issue

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 New Bill introduced would substantially increase penalties to employers knowingly employing illegal immigrants.

A Republican House Representative from NC, Rep. Sue Wilkins Myrick, has introduced a new bill increasing the penalties under the Immigration and Nationality Act.  The bill, called 10k Run for the Border Act (HR 588), would increase the fines to employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens (or undocumented workers) to between $10,000 and $80,000 for each first violation up to $200,000 for each repeat violation and a potential $1.6 million for “pattern” violators.  If enacted the bill would increase the fines by 4,000% from the current penalties of $250 to $2,000 for first offenders.

Employers need to stay aware of the employment status of their employees, and make sure that they are following the current employment verification requirements of the federal government and state governments that they are working in.

Source: Open Congress

Tuesday, 12 December 2006 17:00

PEOs and Immigration

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Are you ready for the new Immigration laws coming in January? A Professional Employer Organization is ready with a large staff of HR experts to help you stay current and within the new immigration laws

Many state are enacting new immigration rules  on January 1, 2007. Many small employers  and their HR departments are not ready for the new rules. For some of the smaller employers that do not have a Human Resource department they are not even aware of the new rules. In Colorado, you hire an employee that does not have legal status you could be fined up to $5,000.00 dollars for the first offense and $25,000.00 for each additional offense. The new laws also require for you to retain copies of the documents used for employment and completion of the I-9 form. Do you know what a real Social Security card or Green Card looks like. With some of the new laws you will need to know that.

A benefit with working with a PEO is that they must stay on top of all of the new HR, payroll and rules affecting employment. The PEO's role as employer keeps them up to date on new rules and regulations. Small employers can benefit from this relation by needing to hire counsel or adding an extra employee to there staff. Contact a local PEO to learn how you company can Benefit from that relation ship.

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