What Happens if You Hire an Illegal WorkerThere are several reasons why hiring an illegal working seems so appealing: they work for less, they are less likely to complain, willing to work in harsher conditions, have no legal leverage and ultimately willing to do whatever is necessary to bring home money at the end of the day. However, hiring an illegal worker, whether knowingly or by accident, can have extreme legal consequences.
In most cases, employers face harsh penalties because many employers who hire illegal aliens have a nasty habit of taking advantage of the circumstances and exploiting the workers. After all, in most illegal employment situations, the employers actually have more to gain than the overworked, underpaid illegal employees. And although there are cases where the employer unknowingly hires an illegal worker due to forged documents and fake credentials, the employer has a certain obligation to verify the employment status of all of their employees. This is why employers are required to keep an I-9 form
(Employment Eligibility Verification Form) on file for every new employee that gets hired so they can verify an employee's:
· Work authorization status
· Previous work status
· And any other information that helps verify their legality.
If being an honest employer and maintaining a healthy work environment aren't enough to convince you to follow the rules, then maybe the possibility of heavy fines will. As an employer, you run the risk of not only encountering money loss with any failure to comply with the law, but in some cases, you could actually face criminal charges. Also, the seizing of company property that assisted the crime, which could be anything from computers to company vehicles, could also be a direct result of hiring illegal workers.
In general, attempting to defraud the government is a bad idea, but especially when it comes to hiring illegal workers. That is why it is crucial that employers go above and beyond to resist the temptation to hire illegal workers simply because it improves their bottom line. Because in the end, while you may get away with it for a little while, the legal and financial implications will likely be way more costly than the price of paying minimum wage to authorized workers. As an employer, you will not only be fulfilling your obligation to your employees and the community, but also to yourself as a business leader and a boss.
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