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Employers Beware: DOJ Nearly Doubles Civil Penalties for IRCA Violations

judge gavel and old law booksOn June 30th The Department of Justice (DOJ) published an Interim Final Rule adjusting civil monetary penalties for immigration related employment violations set forth in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). IRCA provides civil and criminal penalties for employers who knowingly hire workers who are not authorized to work in the United States.  The law also creates protections for foreign workers against discrimination based on national origin. In order to enforce the provisions of IRCA, the Form I-9 was created, which requires documentation of employment authorization for all employees, not just those who are, or who appear to be, foreign workers.  Improper completion and retention of I-9 forms and unfair immigration-related employment practices can cost employers thousands of dollars in fines based on IRCA violations. Continue Reading