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NYC Unlawful Employment Illegal Aliens Criminal Lawyers

By Spodek Law Group | July 17, 2023
(Last Updated On: July 28, 2023)

Last Updated on: 28th July 2023, 07:23 pm

As an employer in New York City, you face immense pressure to keep payroll costs down while still attracting quality talent. With slim margins across many industries, the temptation arises to consider undocumented immigrant workers who’ll accept lower wages.

But failing to follow proper hiring protocols can land you in legal jeopardy under federal and state laws criminalizing the employment of illegal aliens. Prosecutions carry potentially ruinous fines and even jail time.

In this article, I’ll examine the hazards employers face and how experienced NYC unlawful employment of illegal aliens criminal lawyers can help avoid or fight charges. Let’s review:

  • Relevant state and federal statutes
  • Penalties for violations
  • Red flags that can lead to investigation
  • Strategies lawyers use to defend clients

My goal is to help NYC employers steer clear of unlawful hiring practices and understand their rights if facing prosecution. Let’s dig in.

The Laws Prohibiting Employment of Undocumented Immigrants

Several statutes at both state and federal levels criminalize the hiring of illegal aliens:

Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act – Makes it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit undocumented immigrants. Fines up to $3,000 per employee for first offense.

US Code Title 8, Section 1324a – Unlawful employment of aliens. Up to 6 months jail for repeat offenses involving unauthorized workers.

New York Labor Code Section 341 – Violations up to $250 per employee, with jail up to 60 days for multiple offenses.

Simply claiming ignorance is not a defense under these laws. Failing to verify work authorization can still lead to prosecution.

Penalties Employers Face

Beyond just fines, convictions for employing illegal aliens can bring devastating consequences for NYC employers:

– Jail time up to 6 months under federal law for repeat violations
– Permanently barred from government contracts
– Business licenses suspended or revoked
– IRS scrutiny and tax penalties
– Immigration raids and arrests at your workplace
– Reputational harm and boycotts in the community

For small business owners, these outcomes can completely destroy a company built over decades. The risks are immense.

Red Flags That Draw Investigations

Certain patterns tend to attract attention from immigration authorities:

– Cash payments to employees off the books
– Workers without SSNs and unwilling to provide identification
– Tips or complaints from current employees
– Disgruntled former staff reporting violations
– Sudden workforce size increases
– Visa overstays from temporary foreign workers

Once on the radar, expect subpoenas demanding employee records, surveillance, and unannounced site visits from ICE agents.

This scrutiny also jeopardizes your vulnerable undocumented workers who face deportation if discovered. Their lives are in your hands.

If you come under investigation or face charges for employing illegal aliens, experienced NYC criminal lawyers can assist in your defense. Strategies we commonly employ include:

– File motions contesting improper government procedures, lack of probable cause for warrants, etc.

– Attack credibility of informants or witnesses providing allegations

– Argue you lacked knowledge workers were undocumented, or were deceived with fake documents

– Show personnel records documenting work authorization checks were performed

– Provide evidence of anti-discrimination policies and practices

– Negotiate favorable plea bargains with community service and rehabilitation terms

– Request prosecutorial discretion and deferred adjudication to avoid convictions

– Petition judges for leniency in sentencing and fines if convicted

An adept attorney exploits every opportunity to place doubt on the prosecution’s case and achieve the best possible outcome for you. With so much at stake, skilled legal counsel is essential.

Protect Your Business – Stay Compliant

Rather than flouting laws against hiring illegal aliens, New York employers should take proactive steps to stay compliant:

– Use E-Verify to validate all new hires’ work authorization

– Conduct prompt I-9 audits ensuring current staff have proper documentation

– Establish clear policies prohibiting undocumented labor

– Train managers on proper hiring and employment verification protocols

– Consult immigration attorneys if any doubts arise on a worker’s status

– Treat all employees equally regardless of national origin or immigration status

Staying on the right side of the law protects your business, employees and reputation. It’s always the wiser choice.

If you require guidance on employment compliance or are facing charges, reach out to me for a free consultation. Having a top NYC criminal defense lawyer on your side can make all the difference. Call 212-300-5196 or visit https://www.nyccriminalattorneys.com now.

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