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Otto W. Immel quoted in article “A Patchwork Quilt of Compliance”

Constructor Magazine

Following is an excerpt:

 Changes in federal immigration laws seem unlikely this election year, which means contractors must continue to deal with states trying to address on their own the issue of undocumented workers.

While the country descends into a patchwork of inconsistent requirements with little hope of a federal resolution before the presidential election, there are steps contractors should follow to help them stay out of trouble, says Otto Immel, a labor attorney with Quarles & Brady’s Naples, Fla., office.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is expected to issue a modified version of its earlier “Safe-Harbor” rule, which attached a hefty penalty, up to $5,000 per employee, for employers who fail to resolve “no match” letters from the Social Security Administration.

Originally published in Constructor Magazine, March/April 2008