Section 274A of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act made employment of unauthorized workers illegal. In general, it is unlawful for a person or other entity to hire, recruit or refer for a fee, for employment in the United States (U.S.), a worker who is known to be unauthorized for employment. Employers have a responsibility to examine sufficient documentation to establish employment eligibility.
Although the manner in which employer sanctions are carried out has changed with the different administrations, one thing is clear: enforcement of the immigration law against employers is a clear priority of the federal government.
When it comes to employer sanctions, Joseph & Hall P.C. adheres to the motto that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To that end, we work with employers to get their I-9 records in order so that if the employer is audited the employer is sheltered from liability. We can assist employers with protocols and best practices for on-site investigations by immigration agencies as well as assist in the preparation of public access and audit files in the case of an audit.
In those cases where Joseph & Hall P.C. is hired after the client has received a notice from the Department of Homeland Security, we are able to audit the employer’s I-9 practices, conduct necessary trainings, put into place standard operating procedures and then work with the government to negotiate a successful resolution.
Because of our litigation practice, Joseph & Hall P.C. is uniquely able to provide assistance in both the audit and training process as well as in court if the case is escalated to a court proceeding. We can aggressively defend employers against sanctions and attempt to resolve the case to the satisfaction of the employer and the government.
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Effective March 25, 2020, in response to “Stay at Home” orders Joseph & Hall PC is closed to the public and is now conducting nearly all of its operations remotely during the COVID-19 health crisis through April 18th.
We continue to have a limited number of staff in our office to perform basic operations such as assembling and filing petitions, receiving and distributing mail and issuing checks. We are grateful to be in a business that is conducive to remote work and for all of your patience and support. Our lawyers and paralegals are here to answer the array of questions that continue to arise daily and will keep you informed during these rapidly changing times. We will hold telephonic or video meetings rather than in-person meetings. These meetings can be done by SKYPE or Zoom Conference call so that you can continue to interact with your legal team, face-to-face.
We remain committed to delivering outstanding client services. We do have one important request – please do not come into the office in person for your health and safety and that of our employees. Please mail or email all documents to our office. Also, you can make any required payments online at https://vpspay.com/p/3 or make them over the phone by calling 303-297-9171 or by mail. Please stay healthy!