Earlier this month, a restaurant company in the Midwest pled guilty to an immigration charge when a federal investigation revealed that one of the company’s restaurant managers was an undocumented worker who provided the employer with identification that the employer knew or should have know was falsified.
The restaurant company entered a guilty plea to a felony charge in exchange for reduced financial penalties, but it still had to cough up a $300,000 fine and a $100,000 forfeiture judgment.
This case points out that immigration compliance – though sometimes cumbersome, costly or slow – is far less expensive than paying the delayed costs for non-compliance, which often come only after an employee has served for many months and the employer’s exposure has grown to crippling proportions.
If you are an employer or employer’s agent in charge of immigration compliance, you could benefit from a quick, but thorough immigration compliance audit to help insure your company’s well-being and your peace of mind. Do not hesitate to call us at (847) 564-0712 for an appointment to speak with a qualified lawyer if you think we can help you. You can also check out our immigration law Website for more information about how we might help you in other ways.