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Department of labor hosts meetings to help employers hire legal workers

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Free meetings on Wednesday are designed to help employers comply with a new law about hiring legal workers.A new law this year effective in January, House Bill 1017, requires employers to verify and document newly hired employee’s legal status beyond federal employment verification requirements like I-9 form requirements, according to a news release form the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.”We know that this new employment verification law has many employers concerned,” said the department’s executive director, Donald Mares, in the news release. “They are concerned that they will be unable to identify authentic documents or that they will unwittingly violate the law and be subjected to a fine. We want to help guide them through this process by offering ongoing assistance and education.”The department of labor said employers who fail to submit documentation when requested or who submit false documentation can be fined up to $5,000 for a first offense and up to $25,000 for a subsequent offense.The round-table style meetings will be conducted by Joseph Herrera, a compliance officer with the department of labor.”With over fifteen years experience in assisting small businesses to meet the challenge of being in compliance with labor laws, Herrera has an ability to make even the most complex wage and hour statutes understandable,” the news release says. “His presentations provide ample opportunity for participants to get their questions answered.”One meeting will be held in Rifle at the Re-2 Learning Opportunities Center at 9 a.m. at 839 Whiteriver Ave. The other will be held at the Colorado Mountain College facility in Glenwood Springs at 1402 Blake Ave. at noon. Anyone interested in attending should contact the Colorado Workforce Center at 945-8638 to RSVP.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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