Monday, October 1, 2007

Firms Brace for Crackdown on Illegal Labor

Will businesses actually be held accountable when they hire illegal aliens? This lawsuit has the AFL-CIO and other groups fighting what they say can be discrimination, but also adds the additional layer of employer responsibility.

As a crucial hearing looms on a planned government crackdown on illegal immigrants in the workplace, many businesses are scrambling to figure out how they will cope with an expected loss of illegal labor.

A U.S. district court in San Francisco could decide as early as today whether the Social Security Administration can send out thousands of "no match" letters to employers whose workers' names don't jibe with their Social Security numbers. The notices would be accompanied by letters from the Department of Homeland Security outlining new penalties for hiring undocumented workers.

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