MIAMI, FLA. (June 15, 2009) – Jay Carmichael, a member of the Miami office of Gunster, Attorneys at Law, provided training, along with representatives from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Chief of Staff for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart at a workshop for members of the Miami Chamber of Commerce titled, ” Maintaining a Legal Work Force: Immigration Compliance and Enforcement Issues.” The half-day event, designed for human resource managers and professionals, in-house counsel, attorneys and others working with hiring and retaining employees, featured a discussion of practical matters involved in preparing and processing work-related immigration documentation, a review of the revised I-9 form and employment verification list of acceptable documents, a special live/interactive presentation on E-Verify, the ICE Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employers and recommended employment eligibility verification best practices, and prospects for immigration reform under the Obama Administration. “Employers should no longer expect minor civil penalties for non-compliance. In this climate, it is essential that employers recognize this shift in enforcement focus and take steps to ensure compliance with employer eligibility verification requirements,” said Carmichael.

Carmichael, a member of Gunster’s Corporate, Immigration and International practices, concentrates his practice on advising employers on compliance with U.S. immigration laws, procedures and maintaining a legal workforce, assisting multinationals, financial management and banking organizations, healthcare systems, technology companies, hotels/resorts, professionals, and individual investors fulfill their immigration needs, providing corporate strategic counseling regarding matters under the cognizance of federal agencies within the Department of Homeland Security and providing advice regarding maritime matters, especially those under the cognizance of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Established in 1925, Gunster is a full-service Florida law firm with eight offices around the state, providing counsel to leading businesses and individuals. Our statewide presence and culture reflect the firm’s status as Florida’s lawyers for business. Gunster services clients from its offices in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Vero Beach and its headquarters in West Palm Beach, with 140 attorneys and 200 committed support staff.

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