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"A change of $10 to $20 is significant for diners [at mid-level restaurants]. Instead, we may see managers firing staff and taking on more lower-level duties." Michael Hassen, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP E-Verify is an online database that allows businesses to determine if an individual is legally authorized to work in the United States using data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. But E-Verify is not mandatory in the District of Columbia, and, according to a 2013 study by the National Restaurant Association and ImmigrationWorks USA, only about 23 percent of all restaurant operators routinely use the system to verify employment authorization of their new hires. Washington, D.C., immigration lawyer S. Sarah Shah believes it is unlikely that a higher minimum wage would lead to the hiring of more undocumented workers. "That may have been the case a few years ago, but not anymore. Especially in the District, Homeland Security has set examples of certain businesses to make the hiring of unauthorized workers more and more unlikely," she says. Photo: Getty Images Edelman says this is an issue for law enforcement to address. "It absolutely is not a justification for not raising the minimum wage," he says. workers who may not speak the language well... or may not have the necessary computer skills, or may not be culturally acclimated as new immigrants," she says. For authorized immigrant workers, the concern is an increased risk of termination as employers struggle to meet the new minimum wage requirements. Orr, however, says increasing the minimum wage would have little effect on immigrant workers. "Any impact would be the same as it would be for regular workers," Orr says. Ericka Winston is a writer, educator, and freelance contributor to Washington Lawyer. She spends her spare time yelling at political pundits through her TV. Look for additional coverage at dcbar.org Shah also foresees minimal impact, but recognizes that minimum wage-level jobs may become more competitive. "The increased minimum wage will attract more diverse applicants. Workers who wouldn't work for a smaller minimum wage may now be willing to work for a larger amount, which may push out immigrant * WASHINGTON LAWYER * SEPTEMBER 2016 21 http://www.restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/advocacy/201304_immig_everify_survey_results http://www.dcbar.org/bar-resources/publications/washington-lawyer/articles/minimum-wage-graphic-september-2016.cfm http://www.dcbar.org/bar-resources/publications/washington-lawyer/articles/minimum-wage-graphic-september-2016.cfm http://www.dcbar.org/

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