Are some or all employers required (under federal and/or NY state law) to check the legal status of applicants before hiring them?
What are are the potential penalties for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants?
You will be in violation of federal law if you fail to verify the status of a prospective employee by completing the FORM I-9. The penalty for such infraction will vary depending on the circumstances of the case.
Employers are required to confirm the work authorization of every new hire at the time of hire, using Form I-9
Yes. It is illegal. You are required to verify this information before hiring an employee.
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