Erin R. Parks’ knowledge of both employment and immigration law makes her particularly qualified to advise immigrant employees and employers about the interplay of immigration status and California’s employment and labor laws.
Now, more than ever, immigrant workers need assistance to understand their rights under the Fair Employment & Housing Act and the far reaching potential immigration consequences of filing a labor or employment claim. One of the most serious risks is retaliation (an employer reporting workers to immigration authorities). Another potential risk is the worker admitting during the course of a labor or discrimination claim to have worked without proper authorization, or use of fake documents. A worker could also make the mistake of admitting to unlawfully re-entering the United States after having been deported; an act that is both a criminal felony violation and that can have serious immigration consequences for the worker.
Because of her immigration background, Erin R. Parks is particularly skilled and experienced in helping employers navigate the distinct and complex issues that arise under immigration laws to attempt to ensure the seamless hiring of foreign national employees. Erin advises employers on compliance with Form I-9 and other documentation requirements, applications for visas for non-citizens, and issues involving undocumented workers.