Small Businesses Remain Targets of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

To verify identity and employment eligibility, federal law requires every employer to timely complete and maintain a Form I-9 for each employee. Some small businesses mistakenly believe that they are not a likely target for enforcement of these requirements because they do not employ a large work force or they employ no foreign nationals. To believe this is a mistake.

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Government (EEOC) Must Pay Company's Attorneys' Fees After Delay, Unreasonable Lawsuit

At times, corporate targets of government investigations become frustrated by the apparent lack of responsiveness by the investigating agencies. Some members of the judiciary evidently share that frustration and last week took a federal agency to task for suing a business after years of feet dragging during its administrative investigation. In EEOC v. Propak Logistics, Inc., the Fourth Circuit affirmed an order requiring the EEOC to pay the defendant's attorneys' fees to the tune of nearly $200,000. According to the Court, "the EEOC unreasonably initiated the lawsuit" after years of delay.

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