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ICE raids in Northern California

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a federal government law enforcement agency that is responsible for identifying and eliminating various security vulnerabilities in the United States. This government agency kicked off 2018 by raiding one hundred 7-11 stores throughout the US. On February 2, more than 75 businesses were visited by ICE, all in Northern California.

When AB 450 went into effect January 1, 2018, it put California employers in the middle of the conversation related to immigration. Employers cannot give consent to ICE to allow them access to non-public work areas. In order to grant access, ICE must first present a judicial warrant, a subpoena will not suffice. Employers are also required to post a notice of the raids at the worksite. The Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) released a workplace notification template earlier this month.

While this is not the time to reverify any Form I9's outside of what is mandated by law, it is the time to ensure your Form I9's are properly filled out. If you find errors, reach out to your consultant for guidance.