SC Illegal Immigration Reform Act session to be held

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is offering an educational session on the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act, presented by the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the IMAGE Program.

The session, which is free and open to the public, will be held 9 to 11:30 a.m. on April 6 at the MBACC. Register at ChamberAcademy.com by April 5.

The session will address two topics: "Illegal Aliens and Private Employment Law – Are You in Compliance?" and the new I-9 Form, E-Verify tips and a brief document review.

Jim Knight, director of communications and governmental affairs, SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, will discuss his agency's enforcement of the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act. He will focus on the responsibilities of employers who employ less than 100 workers and what employers must do to meet their compliance deadline of July 1, 2010.

Knight will also provide details about the agency's audit and complaint procedures.

Special Agent Allison Densmore, IMAGE coordinator for Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, will provide employer training on the I-9 form and E-Verify and briefly discuss the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The presentation will also include images of the immigration documents that are most commonly seen during completion of the I-9 form.

The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act became effective on June 2, 2008. The law requires all employers to verify the legal status of new employees and prohibits employment of any worker who is not legally in this country and authorized to work. The S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is charged with investigating complaints and conducting random audits of private employers to ensure compliance. Failure to comply can result in severe monetary penalties and revocation of an employer's right to operate their business.

Compliance with verification requirements began July 1, 2009, for private employers who employ 100 or more workers. For those who employ less than 100, the compliance date is July 1, 2010.

For more information, visit ChamberAcademy.com or contact Blakely Jenkins at Blakely.Jenkins@VisitMyrtleBeach.com or (843) 916-7232.

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