Immigration Policies May Have Chilling Effect on Workplace Rights

The new administration’s immigration policy might silence undocumented workers who witness but won’t report workplace violations out of fear of being deported, according to Bloomberg BNA.  Shannon Lederer, director of immigration policy at the AFL-CIO, reportedly told Bloomberg that, “We’re going to see rampant exploitation if workers feel it’s too risky to bring a claim.  The most exploited workers are also going to feel like they have a target sign on their back.”  Employers will need to be extra vigilant in confirming that potential hires have all the required pre-employment documents, including the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ redesigned Form I-9