According to an ICE news release, O'Neill Ventures, Inc., a tomato greenhouse and packing plant company in Nebraska, has pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to harbor undocumented workers. During a search warrant executed by ICE in August 2018, officers found that approximately 70% of O'Neill Venture's employees did not have legal authorization to work in the United States. ICE also negotiated an ongoing oversight by the federal government into O’Neill’s labor and hiring practices and processes during a probationary term.
We continue to see employers fined and charged for employing undocumented workers in the U.S. It is crucial for businesses to implement corporate immigration compliance plans, policies, and procedures, including ensuring anyone involved in the hiring process is trained on how to properly complete a Form I-9. You can begin your compliance by signing up for training with Corporate Immigration Compliance Institute, training found HERE.
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