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An effective immigration compliance program takes time, team work and commitment. Jackson Lewis’ national Immigration Compliance Practice is intricately familiar with the difficulty in “cleaning house" and the myriad of decisions that need to be made once the decision to "become compliant" has been made. Our professional and knowledgeable team blends business sense with legal expertise while assisting corporations in minimizing their current exposure and reducing liability relating to a variety of immigration-related issues. Our portfolio of experience includes I-9 employment eligibility verification matters and E-Verify-impacted hiring protocols. Teaming with the JL Labor and Employment teams, we also defend businesses involved in complex civil litigation, debarment and immigration based criminal matters.
Budget driven and business focused,JL develops realistic compliance strategies, customized best practices coupled with standard operating procedures for both large and small companies. Our track record indicates that there is no substitute for the experience in field and subject matter expertise. JL has both- unparalleled familiarity with government worksite enforcement investigations and national experts in I-9 and E-Verify Compliance including former Department of Homeland Security leadership.
it’s a business decision…don’t risk your company or your reputation
Assist companies in developing unique systems to ensure I-9 and labor condition application compliance with labor and immigration regulations
Establish internal training programs with “Compliance Toolbox" to manage completion and retention of Form I-9s, E-Verify processes, including fraud detection and identity theft plans where appropriate and anti-discrimination matters
Conduct comprehensive (Attorney-Client Privileged) audits focusing remediating immigration violations, minimizing outstanding exposure and Sarbanes Oxley compliance
Provide trend and liability analysis with post-audit training action plan
Develop strategies to address employers’ responsibilities when faced traditional and third-party no-match situations as well as more serious workplace identity theft and other misrepresentations made by employees.
Represent companies involved in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) -Administrative & Criminal Investigations; Department of Labor Wage and Hour - OFCCP Audits
Counsel employers involved in DOJ- Office of Special Counsel (OSC) Investigations involving citizenship and immigration status and national origin discrimination issues
ICE Worksite Guidance
“The goal of the [Worksite Enforcement] strategy is to 1) penalize employers who knowingly hire illegal workers; 2) deter employers who are attempting to hire illegal workers; and 3) encourage employers to take advantage of compliance tools and best practices. The strategy emphasizes both the criminal investigation of employers and the use of administrative tools such as Form I-9 audits and civil fines."
Statement of John Morton, Assistant Secretary DHS-ICE (June 11, 2009)
Effectuated dismissal of charges in structuring bi-lateral OSC settlement agreements resolving discrimination charges in E-Verify- based investigations, preference of non-immigrant visa holders over domestic workers investigations and document abuse claims
Created deemed export control and “badging" polices diverting complaints
Conducted due diligence in restructuring and transactional situations, represented buyer and significantly reduced purchase price of Target co. where internal investigation related to hiring procedures, I-9 compliance, employment of foreign nationals revealed concerns
Created and implemented effective FAR E-Verify Compliance plans in under 30 days for 50,000 person government contractor
Improved off the shelf Electronic I-9 program to ensure compliance with Immigration regulations for client
Drafted model “Third Party audit certification" plan now widely adopted in various market space
Reduced liability in Department of Labor H-1b investigation by over $2 million for technology based client
Successfully negotiated closure to numerous ICE investigations in construction, landscaping, food, retail and restaurant industries resulting in “Warning Notices" avoiding all fines and penalties for our clients
Obtained Consent Degree in lieu of criminal indictments for Farm
Facilitated acceptance of client company into the ICE IMAGE program
JL creating responsible compliance- respected by those in government and relied upon by those in the private sector
Immigration Immigrant status Criminal defense Criminal charges for theft Fraud Criminal charges for identity theft Criminal record Employment Discrimination in the workplace National origin discrimination in the workplace I-9 form for employment eligibility Government law Filing a lawsuit Nationality discrimination Discrimination