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Florida Passes Game-Changing Immigration Law - What You Need To Know

Florida Passes Game-Changing Immigration Law - What You Need To Know

On May 10th, 2023, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill (SB) 1718. This requires private employers with 25 or more employees and public employers in Florida to use the E-Verify system to verify the employment eligibility of new employees starting July 1st, 2023. The bill aims to combat the dangerous effects of illegal immigration caused by the federal government’s border policies.

Unpacking The Bill

SB 1718 does the following: 

  • Requires employers to use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of employees and fines employers who fail to use E-Verify $1,000 per day
  • Suspends licenses of any employer who knowingly employs illegal aliens and makes using a fake ID to gain employment a felony
  • Enhances penalties for human smuggling, including making knowingly transporting five or more illegal aliens or a single illegal alien minor a second-degree felony which is subject to a $10,000 fine and up to 15 years in prison
  • Provides $12 million to continue the Unauthorized Alien Transport Program to relocate illegal immigrants to sanctuary jurisdictions 
  • Bans local governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from issuing identification documents to illegal aliens and invalidates all out-of-state driver's licenses issued exclusively to illegal aliens 
  • Requires hospitals to collect and report health care costs for illegal aliens 

Governor DeSantis has been a vocal critic of how Biden’s administration has handled the border crisis and has repeatedly called for stronger action to be taken. While the bill has received praise from those who support tougher immigration policies, it has also been criticized by those who believe it’s an unjust attack on immigrants and could lead to racial profiling and discrimination.

Your Responsibility As A Business Owner

This new law comes with hefty fines for non-compliance, and staying up-to-date on ever-changing regulations can be overwhelming, especially for small business owners in Florida. But fear not, as a professional employer organization (PEO), we’re here to help! Our primary role is to provide comprehensive HR services, including payroll, benefits administration, and compliance management. With our expertise, we can assist with implementing new legislation and ensure your business remains compliant.

Our HR experts will review your hiring practices, conduct I-9 audits, assist with E-Verify, and provide guidance on properly documenting your employees. We’ll even help you update your HR policies to align with the new regulations. Don’t let this new legislation become a burden. Get a quote from us today and have peace of mind knowing that we’ve got your back.

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