Steve Swirsky Quoted in “3 Questions Facing Employers as DACA Dissolves”

Law360

Steven M. Swirsky, a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management and Health Care and Life Sciences practices, in the firm’s New York office, was quoted in Law360, in “3 Questions Facing Employers as DACA Dissolves,” by Braden Campbell. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

The Trump administration’s announcement Tuesday that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has put many employers in a bind, sowing anxiety among participants and stamping expiration dates on hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. …

“It’s going to be disruptive,” Epstein Becker Green member Steven M. Swirsky said. “You’re creating a tremendous amount of anxiety and uncertainty in a not insubstantial number of workers.” …

“I think it would be potentially risky to say anyone who works for me, who has authorization or is under DACA is terminated as of now, because you really are talking about, potentially, discrimination against people who have legal status that permits them to work,” Swirsky said. …

“For an employer who doesn’t follow the I-9 [employment verification] processes, who elects not to verify or chooses to employ people knowingly, you have potential civil, substantial penalties, and the potential, ultimately, for criminal penalties in some cases,” Swirsky said.