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Senator's amendment: Fine employers over undocumented employees

Add another amendment to the ones under consideration for SB 2040, the immigration bill under consideration now in the Florida Senate.

Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, is proposing requiring every state agency -- and not just workforce agencies -- use the federal government's e-Verify system.

It would also fine employers who after July 1, 2012, hire an undocumented immigrant if the employer did not use e-Verify or rely on a state workforce agency that used e-Verify. The first fine would be up to $500 per undocumented employee, the second up to $1,000 and subsequent fines up to $1,500. 

The change would give employers an incentive to check employees' immigration status, Thrasher said.

"We're simply saying if you want to use it, it's out there," he said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 1:49pm]


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