Epstein Becker Green Forms Immigration and Customs Worksite Enforcement Taskforce

NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2011) — National law firm of Epstein Becker Green today announced that it has established a dedicated Worksite Enforcement Taskforce, which consists of specially trained attorneys who can respond immediately to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigations, compliance issues, raids, and other actions.

The creation of the Taskforce comes in the wake of a growing number of investigations by ICE, whose initial focus on critical infrastructure has expanded to include the hospitality, construction, food services, agricultural, health care, and the financial services industries.

"The potential liability from worksite enforcement investigations is substantial," said Robert Groban, Chair of the Firm's Immigration practice. "Moreover, the risk of civil and criminal exposure crosses industry lines and has resulted in fines of $27 million for some employers who failed to properly manage their legal obligations."

EBG attorneys in the Taskforce not only have experience with ICE, but many were also former federal prosecutors who understand the government's objectives in these cases and can better protect clients from both the civil and criminal liability they may face.

The Taskforce can assist employers to better manage their risks by:

  • Advising clients on the varying federal and state laws that affect new hires;
  • Reviewing existing policies and procedures or helping clients develop and implement appropriate ones;
  • Auditing clients' existing Form I-9s and correcting any problems that might exist and subject the employer to financial or criminal liability;
  • Working with clients to develop "best practices" for managing and eliminating risks;
  • Counseling clients that have or are seeking state or federal contracts on the Form I-9, E-Verify and other requirements to become government contractors;
  • Assisting clients to develop operational and contractual protections from liability arising out of their use of vendors or independent contractors; and,
  • Advising clients on any related issues that may arise in the worksite enforcement arena

About Epstein Becker Green

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., founded in 1973, is an Am Law 200 national law firm with approximately 300 lawyers practicing in 10 offices, in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Stamford, and Washington, D.C. With Washington insider knowledge and more than 35 years of experience in health care and labor and employment issues, the Firm is well prepared to guide clients through this era of reform. Other areas in which Epstein Becker Green provides counsel to clients include employee benefits, litigation, immigration, real estate, and business law. The Firm has a longstanding history of being a trusted advisor to clients in the health, hospitality, financial services, and energy industries, representing entities from small entrepreneurial ventures to large multinational corporations on a worldwide basis. For more information, visit www.ebglaw.com.