Employer Liability for Undocumented Workers

Managing Risk and Avoiding Sanctions in an Era of Heightened Immigration Enforcement

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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This CLE course will prepare employment and immigration counsel to face the government's current enforcement efforts on workplace immigration laws. The panel will provide practical guidance on how businesses can comply with immigration laws to avoid penalties, prosecution and lawsuits.


Federal and state governments are targeting companies that employ unauthorized workers through increased worksite audits aimed at gathering evidence of I-9 violations, I-9 policy errors and worker infractions.

Penalties for illegal hiring have expanded from civil fines to include criminal sanctions and confiscation of employers' assets. During fiscal year 2007, the federal government obtained more than $30 million in criminal fines, civil judgments and restitution in worksite enforcement investigations.

Listen as our panel of immigration and employment law attorneys offers their perspectives on the current enforcement environment and provides practical guidance for businesses for complying with immigration laws and avoiding penalties, prosecution and lawsuits.



  1. History of enforcement efforts
    1. ICE guidelines
    2. November Fine Memo
  2. Managing risk through due diligence — compliance, Form I-9, policy, audit
    1. Internal reviews
    2. Defining the universe of who must be I-9d (employee vs. contractor)
    3. Electronic I-9s
    4. E-Verify — is it right for you?
  3. Enforcement efforts
    1. Form I-9 ICE audits
    2. Criminal prosecutions


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What current enforcement efforts are underway to curb the employment of undocumented workers?
  • What penalties do employers face if found to have violated the rules and regulations governing the employment of foreign workers?
  • What are some best practices to ensure compliance with federal and state immigration laws?


Denyse Sabagh
Denyse Sabagh

Duane Morris

Ms. Sabagh is the head of the firm's Immigration Practice Group. She practices in the areas of immigration and...  |  Read More

Mahsa Aliaskari
Mahsa Aliaskari

Of Counsel
Greenberg Traurig

She leads the firm's Los Angeles immigration group. She provides guidance to domestic and foreign employers...  |  Read More

Mary E. Pivec
Mary E. Pivec

Keller and Heckman

She has more than 25 years experience advising employers in a broad range of workplace and labor relations issues....  |  Read More

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