Labor & Employment
Fire Illegal Workers, Or Else
Posted Aug 8, 2007 7:38 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Employers will need to start paying attention when they receive a so-called no-match letter informing them that a worker’s Social Security number doesn’t match his name.
Under rules expected to be issued this week, employers will have to clear up any clerical error or fire the worker within a fixed time frame, perhaps 90 days, the New York Times reports. Those who fail to comply could be fined up to $10,000 for hiring an illegal immigrant.
Immigrant groups and labor unions fear the rules will lead to discrimination against Hispanics. They are preparing a legal challenge in an effort to block the regulations from taking effect.