With the recent changes to the immigration laws punishing employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants, Arizona companies are making it more difficult for illegal immigrants to find work. But the new crackdown on companies may be hurting the wrong people.
Recent surveys conducted by National PEO have shown that more and more employees are concerned about the rise in identity theft. Illegal immigrants historically created false documents to gain employment. But with the new requirements to verify the validity of the documents, stolen documents are now the tool of choice.
Employers are only verifying that the information on the documents is valid. These verification efforts do not verify whether or not the identity is stolen.
Employers are urged to step up their security measures to protect the identity of their employees. Also, meetings to educate employees on ways to protect themselves against identity theft are strongly recommended.
For further information on how to protect yourself against identity theft, please contact the HR office at National PEO.