Fire Undocumented Workers But Don’t Take Away My Burritos

Nick Fishman

I love me some Chipotle, but evidently the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was not swayed by the chips and guac.  Perhaps there is a reason for that authentic Mexican taste. It is being reported that a large number of undocumented Chipotle employees in the state of Minnesota have been fired after an ICE audit.

How would you like to be in their human resources department today?  Not only do you have to replace those workers, but how many phone calls do you think they got from providers of the Electronic I-9 and E-Verify service?

Chipotle Faces Scrutiny Over Illegal Workers- CNN.com

A number of Chipotle employees across Minnesota were fired after an immigration audit targeted the restaurant chain for allegedly hiring undocumented workers, officials said.

“We are not disclosing a number of people displaced by this,” company spokesman Chris Arnold said Monday. “We did lose some restaurant employees in Minnesota following a document review by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

The review took place last month and is likely reflective of a shift away from work-site crackdowns against employees — considered a hallmark practice under the Bush administration — and toward so-called “I-9 audits,” which instead focus on the hiring practices of their employers, according to analysts and a U.S. Immigration official who declined to be named.

The I-9 form is an employment eligibility document meant to determine a person’s ability to work legally in the United States.

“At the end of the day, the goal is to ensure that the companies have an authorized, legal workforce and also that employers are aware of their responsibility to ensure the people they hire are lawful,” the official said.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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