Immigration Audits and Compliance

Venable's Labor and Employment attorneys advise employers of all sizes regarding federal immigration law requirements. As the government continues to step up its efforts to identify and penalize employers who hire and employ illegal aliens, Venable's attorneys are working to ensure that our clients stay abreast of the immigration law's developing workplace enforcement provisions.

As part of our full range of employment advising and consulting services, the attorneys in Venable's labor and employment group:

  • Educate managers and staff on the proper procedures for completing and maintaining required immigration-related employment records ("I-9" forms)
  • Audit clients' current I-9 records and practices, and help employers perform self-audits and develop plans for regular internal reviews
  • Help clients to correct errors and discrepancies in existing I-9 records
  • Advise clients on appropriate responses to Social Security Administration "No-Match" letters and Department of Homeland Security notices of suspect documents
  • Establish systems to ensure that required re-verifications of employment eligibility are regularly scheduled and performed
  • Conduct due diligence during mergers and acquisitions, and help clients minimize liability related to acquired companies' I-9 errors
  • Monitor changes in the law related to workplace immigration enforcement
  • Develop response plans and prepare clients for immigration-related requests, raids, and audits by government agencies

Practice Focus

  • Arbitrations
  • Audits
  • Class actions
  • Collective bargaining
  • Diversity / affirmative action
  • EEO / harassment claims
  • Employee benefits
  • Employment agreements
  • Employment disputes
  • ERISA compliance
  • Financial services wage compliance
  • Government contracts
  • Healthcare cost reduction
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Immigration sanctions
  • Labor cost reductions in mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, and healthcare
  • Litigation
  • NLRB, union campaigns, and ULPs
  • OSHA
  • Personnel policies
  • Trade secrets / non-competes
  • Wage and overtime claims
  • WARN Act compliance
  • Whistleblower

Industry Focus

  • California
  • Colleges and universities
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Entertainment / media
  • Financial services
  • Government contracting
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Independent schools
  • Information technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofits / trade associations
  • Public employers
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation


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