Comprehensive Immigration Reform: What It Really Means for Employers
50 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Presented by Epstein Becker Green Attorneys:
Robert S. Groban, Jr.
Frederick W. Strasser
Catherine F. Silie
As the legislative battle for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) heats up, the process has the potential to impact all employers and their operations. State legislation (such as Arizona SB1070), border conflicts, the down economy, the high unemployment rate, national security interests, the political season and the insatiable appetite of U.S. organizations for top scientific and other talent all combine to create a witch's brew of enforcement activity that has affected, and will continue to affect, the operations of all employers in the United States. At the same time, President Obama's victory in passing health care reform promises to create new personnel demands on a health care system already struggling to find, train and employ primary care physicians, nurses and other qualified health care professionals. This will only exacerbate the CIR debate as Congress struggles to determine how many and what types of foreign nationals should be admitted to fill these shortages. Since President Obama and many other political leaders have promised to focus on CIR, it is important for employers to understand what this means and what the ripple effect may be on their operations.
At this breakfast briefing, we will discuss CIR, identify the most serious issues that it raises for employers and provide practical guidance on steps that employers can take now to position themselves for these legislative and enforcement changes.
Topics to be covered include:
I. Comprehensive Immigration Reform:
What is driving CIR?
What is CIR likely to encompass and how will it affect employers?
What are the long-term consequences for business owners from CIR?
What are the consequences of another failure?
II. The Enforcement Environment:
Enforcement and the Obama administration
The focus of enforcement and worksite compliance
The impact on employers, including those with a unionized workforce
Practical steps to manage immigration-related risks
III. The Impact of Health Care Reform:
The hidden immigration issues in health care reform
What health care organizations need to consider as CIR approaches
Practical steps that health care providers can take to manage risks
The inadvertent "federal subcontractor" problem
Permanent Residence Under Color of Law (PRUCOL) and its future
IV. State Immigration Legislation:
A review of the new state immigration legislation
The impact of state laws on multi-state employers
We hope you can join us for this timely and informative briefing.