- Significant Increase in Worksite Inspections and Deportations
- October 3, 2013
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
Local authorities in Israel continue to ramp up their immigration enforcement efforts, with recent unannounced worksite visits made to several multinational corporations involved in government and other types of projects. A key focus of the worksite visits is whether business visitors may be performing work without authorization.
Employers are strongly advised to verify that foreign employees are performing only those activities that are consistent with their immigration status in Israel. Criminal charges have been filed against several companies and managers that employ unauthorized workers, and many of these workers have been deported.
Companies with employees working on government projects and deployed to third-party client sites are most likely to be subjected to onsite inspections. Employers are advised to assess their contractors’ and sub-contractors’ immigration compliance and to request that all contractors provide a clear signed statement acknowledging their own potential criminal and civil liability for employing unauthorized workers. Employers should also warn managers of criminal liability for any unauthorized workers.
In the event of a worksite inspection, Fragomen can assist with preparing reports and copies of immigration documents to provide to immigration inspectors.