A report from WSPA News Channel 7 in Spartanburg, South Carolina reveals that a poultry plant charged with hiring hundreds of undocumented workers has agreed to pay $1.5 million to the government to settle all criminal, civil, or administrative claims as a result of the investigation, and the company must use the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “E-Verify” employment eligibility verification program for all hiring as part of the agreement.

More than 300 workers at the Greenville, South Carolina facility of Columbia Farms were determined to be in the United States illegally during the raid in October of 2008, and those workers were deported, according to the WSPA News Channel 7 report. In addition, Columbia Farms and its affiliates will also have their criminal charges dismissed if they successfully meet the federal government’s requirements, WSPA News Channel 7 reports, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office says the actions called for in the agreement include the use of the DHS’s E-Verify employment eligibility verification program for all hiring.

A designated E-Verify service agent, I-9Compliance.com — a member of the Pre-Employ.com Family of Companies — is pre-integrated with the DHS’s E-Verify system and offers employers with a paperless, web-based I-9 Form/E-Verify solution. For more information, view a complimentary on demand webinar “E-Verify & Federal Contractors: Know The Facts,” visit www.i-9compliance.com, email info@i-9compliance.com, or call 1-800-300-1821.

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