|June 1, 2009 | www.fisherphillips.com|
Imagine a big night at your restaurant: the place is packed with guests, all enjoying themselves. A diner shows up with an unexpected companion – a dog. You're concerned about health regulations and the effect on other patrons.
In the past several years, businesses in the hospitality industry have particularly borne the brunt of increased federal enforcement of the nation's immigration laws. Through high-profile tactics including raids of businesses large and small, the previous administration put employers on notice that hiring unauthorized workers could result in million dollar fines, jail time for company owners, and months of damaging press coverage.
Competition to obtain more customers, sell more products, and make more profits is a motivating factor that drives every company. With new revenue hard to find in the present economy, retaining what business you do have, or that you have lined up in the pipeline, is at a premium.