Legislative Alert: ICE Targets Convenience Stores | CFPB Fight Decided | New Year, New Laws [Video]

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Legislative Alert: ICE Targets Convenience Stores | CFPB Fight Decided | New Year, New Laws [Video]

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  • Worksite Enforcement Surging
  • Judge Sides with Trump Administration over CFPB Appointment
  • Worksite Enforcement Surging



Worksite Enforcement Surging

Just before dawn on January 10th ICE agents raided nearly 100 7-Eleven stores across the country. The agents served inspection notices to franchises in 17 states and Washington, DC. The agency’s acting director said the raids were meant to send a strong message to employers that they will be held accountable if they hire undocumented workers. Another top official says these raids are “a harbinger of what’s to come.” In a statement, 7-Eleven said the company takes compliance with immigration laws very seriously, but that each franchise owner is responsible for their own hiring decisions. The chain has been raided before. Back in 2013 charges were filed against nine franchise owners and managers for allegedly using stolen identities to employ more than 100 workers who were in the country illegally. The most recent raid ended with 21 people under arrest.


Judge Sides with Trump Administration over CFPB Appointment

A federal judge sides with the administration in the fight over control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Back in November the director of the agency stepped down and named his number two, Leandra English, as the next boss. President Trump stepped in and named budget director Mick Mulvaney to the post instead. English filed a lawsuit claiming the Dodd-Frank Act gives the outgoing director the power to name an interim successor, but the administration claimed the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA) gives that right to the president. The judge agreed. But this might not be over yet. English’s attorney vowed the ruling would not be the final answer. It is still possible that they could file for a preliminary injunction against Mulvaney.


New Jersey has a New System to Deal with Expungements

A new year always brings new laws. In New Jersey, new amendments will change the way the state manages expunged records. The new laws, which take effect on October 1, 2018, will allow minor criminal convictions to be expunged after 6 years instead of 10. Disorderly conduct convictions can be expunged in just 3 years. Juvenile records will also be able to be expunged in just 3 years instead of 5. The new laws will also add expunged records to the list of things employers may not ask about under Ban the Box legislation.

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