If Immigration Audits Your Employees' Legal StatusBy
The U.S. Homeland Security Dept. under the Obama Administration has continued a Bush-era policy of focusing on employers when enforcing immigration laws. Hiring records, even for small and medium-size businesses, are coming under additional scrutiny, and fines are being levied for violations. Aleicia Latimer is associate general counsel at AlphaStaff Group, a Florida-based payroll, benefits, and human resources outsourcer serving small and midsize companies. She says that according to Homeland Security, more than 600 businesses have recently been informed that their I-9 forms will be audited to verify workers' legal status. Latimer spoke recently to Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow.
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