Did you know that any employer in the United States found guilty of hiring employees who are not authorized to work in the country may be subject to civil fines or criminal penalties? What does this mean for food truck owners who don’t use employment eligibility verification?
The penalties can be up to $3,200 per worker for a first offence up to a maximum of $16,000 per worker for a third offence. If you’ve spent any time paying attention to the current political discussion, you’ll understand that this is a serious issue.
The good news is that food truck vendors are not expected to be experts on immigration or the documents that establish employment eligibility authorization. Following a these simple steps, can ensure that your food truck is compliant with immigration laws.
Employment Eligibility Verification Tips For Food Trucks
Conduct regular internal I-9 audits
Having a consistently scheduled internal I-9 audit can demonstrate a good faith effort on the part of the food truck employer to avoid employment of unauthorized workers. It can also help head off any issues related to typos and spelling errors, missing or outdated information and expiration of List A, B, or C documents.
Participate in E-Verify
Use the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify program. E-Verify compares information from the Form I-9 to data from the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration. It is a voluntary, free, fast service. An E-Verify case must be created for each hire no later than the third business day that employee starts to work for pay.
Photo matching services are also available if certain documents are presented by the employee. By participating in E-Verify, legally, it is presumed that the employer has complied with I-9 requirements.
Understand common employment eligibility documents
Employees must provide documentation to their employers to show their identity and authorization to work.
- Permanent Resident Card: Form I-551.
- J-1 Exchange Visitors: DS-2019.
- F-1 (Academic) or M-1 (Vocational) Students: Form I-20.
The Bottom Line
Don’t risk your truck’s future by not using these simple employment eligibility verification tools. Not only do you risk fines or jail time, you but risk your other employee’s job security.