President Trump has been talking about building walls while working on dialing back the Obama era labor policies. What implication does this have on small business? Here is what to pay close attention to over the next few months. First, Immigration Crackdowns.
Immigration & Undocumented Immigrant Workers
The White House is promising a major crackdown on employers that hire undocumented immigrants. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will “significantly increase” the number of inspections in worksite operations. That is according to acting ICE Director, Tom Homan. In addition, Homeland Security Investigations, ICE’s investigative arm, could potentially quintuple its worksite enforcement actions next year.
“We’ve already increased the number of inspections in worksite operations,” Homan said Oct. 24. “You will see that significantly increase this next fiscal year.” Homan said the goal was to cripple the employment “magnet” that draws undocumented immigrants to enter the U.S.
To guard against these costly mistakes, make sure that your business has on file an accurately completed an I-9 on each employee and meet the requirements for timely completion. For the most updated form (new form September 2017) go here:https://www.uscis.gov/i-9. Make sure your form has this in the lower left corner: Form I-9 07/17/17 N.
Companies in North Carolina with over 25 employees must use E-Verify. Go here to use E-Verify:http://www.nclabor.com/legal/e_verify/e_verify.htm.
Federal Overtime Laws
The Trump Administration is working now on overahauling the federal overtime laws. Watch closely to see the impact of those changes, if and when they go into effect. You may recall that the Obama administration issued a change to the overtime rule that would have raised the salary threshold for exempt workers from $23,660 to $47,476. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas blocked the rule in a Nov. 22, 2016, decision that was to take effect in December 2016. Since then, there has been some speculation about how the Trump administration would handle the rule. There is some reason to believe that changes will result in a more modest salary threshold increase. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Stay tuned to Wise Words for more information these and other situations develop.