City Plans Hearing To Crack Down on Employers Taking Advantage Of Immigrants

April 11, 2017. An article featured in Crain’s New York Business draws attention to the hearing scheduled for April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at LaGuardia Community College’s Little Theater, where wage theft, discrimination, scheduling problems, health and safety hazards, access to paid sick leave, and freelancer payment problems will be addressed and how the city government can help to protect workers against these issues. The article argues that employers are using the fear created by immigration policies to take advantage of their workers. This article cites FPI’s report, Working For A Better Life.

Citing “the shifting priorities in Washington. D.C.,” city agencies will solicit ideas for how to protect immigrant workers against employers that might be taking advantage of a climate of fear surrounding the Trump administration’s increased deportation efforts, according to a notice in the City Record.

Immigrants comprise around 47% of the city’s 3.9 million labor force. About a tenth of the city’s workforce is estimated to be residing in the United States illegally, according to an analysis from the Pew Research Center prepared for the Fiscal Policy Institute.

Employers are also worried that the federal crackdown on unauthorized workers could hurt their businesses. Many in the restaurant industry were “deeply concerned” about President Donald Trump’s January executive order vastly broadening deportation priorities, New York Hospitality Alliance executive director Andrew Rigie told Crain’s soon after it was signed. But local industries most affected, including service and construction, have been hesitant to weigh in publicly…

Here is the link to Crain’s New York Business.