Legislative Alert: The Largest Fine Ever Levied for Hiring Illegal Workers [Video]

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  • Tree Experts to Pay Largest Immigration-Related Fine in History
  • Aldi Faces FCRA Accusations
  • NYC Publishes More Help for New Salary History Law
  • Tax Relief to Aid Hurricane Victims


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Tree Experts to Pay Largest Immigration-Related Fine in History

If your area has ever been hit by a tree-downing storm, you have likely seen Asplundh trucks clearing the mess. Asplundh Tree Experts - one of the largest privately-held companies in the country - is now on the hook for $95,000,000 in judgements for knowingly hiring people who were not legal to work in the United States. This is the largest payment ever levied against a company over an immigration issue. Company executives pleaded guilty to a scheme that insulated senior management, allowing them to be “willfully blind” to the massive hiring of illegal workers. A six-year audit by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) found that the company decentralized its hiring process so higher-ups could claim they had no idea about who was on the payroll. After the guilty plea, the company was ordered to forfeit $80,000,000. The remaining $15,000,000 is to be paid to settle civil claims.

Related: [Webinar] Common Form I-9 Errors & How to Correct Them

Aldi Faces FCRA Accusations

 A Tampa woman has filed a lawsuit against the German-based grocery store chain, Aldi. Ericka Hurtado claims the company obtains background checks on their job applicants and employees without having a stand-alone disclosure form. The lawsuit also claims Aldi makes adverse employment decisions using these undisclosed reports.

Related: FCRA Compliance: What You Need to Know

NYC Publishes More Help for New Salary History Law

Starting on October 31, employers in New York City will no longer be able to ask about a job applicant’s salary history during the hiring process. As with any new law, there are questions about how it has to be implemented. If you hire in in NYC, it might help you to know that the Commission on Human Rights has put out fact sheets and now a list of FAQs to make this transition easier. This new page helps narrow the definition of “salary history,” which is a pretty broad phrase. It also delves into issues like getting salary information in a background report and how to handle salary expectations and voluntary disclosure of that information. Those of you who are affected by this might want to review your hiring process with your legal counsel before the law goes into effect.

Tax Relief to Aid Hurricane Victims

The House Ways and Means Committee has released a new disaster relief bill that creates temporary tax cuts to help alleviate the pain facing business owners in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) released the disaster relief bill saying it will help victims keep more of their paychecks and deduct more of the cost of the property damage. The bill will also allow people to withdraw from their retirement funds without paying a penalty, and offer employers up to $6,000 in tax credits per employee.

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