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Webinar: Immigration Tips for Toeing the Line During the Trump Administration

Christopher L. Thomas

Worksite enforcement has taken center stage since the Acting Director of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Tom Homan, announced plans to quintuple I-9 enforcement and audits in 2018.

Homan said rather ominously, "Not only are we going to prosecute the employers that hire illegal workers, we're going to detain and remove the illegal alien workers." Thus far, those threats have proved to be accurate.

During this webinar, Ogletree Deakins employment attorney Christopher Thomas provides an in-depth look at what HR professionals need to know in light of this marked ramp up in I-9 audits and investigations. Thomas has extensive experience in immigration law and manages his firm's Denver office's immigration practice.

In the context of civil audits, Thomas notes that employers are being subjected to increasingly large fines. In the context of criminal investigations, employers may face fines, forfeitures and even prison time (for those involved in the criminal conduct).

What's clear, Thomas warns, is that the days of turning a blind eye to immigration-related problems in the workplace have passed. As a result, he discusses steps employers can take to ensure they avoid serious legal trouble.

Learning Objectives

  • Current civil and criminal enforcement trends;
  • Ways to avoid civil and criminal exposure in the current political environment;
  • How to conduct internal audits and protect the interests of your company; and
  • Key dos and don'ts when participating in the I-9 employment eligibility verification process.

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