What are the penalties if an employer does not verify an employee's eligibility of employment?

Author: Melanie Perez-Vellios, VP Group LLC

An employer that fails to verify an employee's eligibility of employment can be subject to civil, and under some limited circumstances, criminal penalties. The penalties include: cease and desist orders, monetary penalties for employing an unauthorized foreign national and paperwork violations, and criminal penalties. Notably, criminal penalties are reserved for the most egregious and repeat offenders attempting to "evade the law" by continually employing undocumented foreign nationals.