As the federal government has shifted the focus of worksite enforcement from unauthorized workers to the employers who hire them, there has been a steady uptick in government investigations, resulting in increased civil penalties, as well as criminal prosecutions of company executives, owners and managers. Yet employers who take the extra step of requiring additional documentation to verify a worker's legal status could face a different set of legal problems. SHRM has compiled a Legal Report on Discrimination in Immigration.
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