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Recruiters: The Cornerstone of Compliance in Hospitality Hiring

The Importance of Recruiters in the Hospitality Industry




Recruiters play a vital role in the hospitality industry, especially in management hiring. Attempting to find your next hospitality job without the assistance of a recruiter can leave you at risk of experiencing a detrimental career crash. In today’s article, we will discuss the current state of compliance inspections in the industry and provide tips on how hospitality management professionals can protect themselves from potentially harmful situations.


Government Crackdown on Undocumented Workers


Derek Brenner, the acting director for Homeland Security Investigations at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), recently issued a warning regarding upcoming large-scale compliance inspections. These inspections will not be limited to large companies or any specific industry, meaning that the hospitality industry will likely face increased scrutiny. It is important for employers in this sector to be aware that ICE is committed to ensuring compliance and will take aggressive steps to address noncompliance through criminal investigations.


Hiring Undocumented Workers in the Hospitality Industry


With an estimated 11 million undocumented individuals residing in the United States, the hospitality industry has unfortunately become a target for hiring foreign nationals without proper work authorization. Penalties for knowingly hiring an undocumented worker have nearly doubled, making it crucial for hospitality managers to exercise caution in their hiring practices. Additionally, managers who knowingly harbor, conceal, or transport undocumented workers could face severe criminal penalties, including up to 10 years in prison and/or a $250 fine.


Job Hunting for Restaurant Managers


Restaurant managers, in particular, are at risk in this current climate. The eagerness to secure a new job may cause them to overlook potential warning signs. It is essential for restaurant managers to take steps to protect their careers from unscrupulous employers.


Steps to Protect Yourself


  1. Turn to a recruiter: Partnering with them allows hospitality managers to sidestep unethical employers and maintain compliance with ease.


  1. Address compliance in the interview: Raise the topic to assess the company’s dedication to legal adherence and its stance.


  1. Comprehend the company’s procedures: Master their process and remain vigilant for red flags, like hasty procedures or negligent hiring.


  1. Explore the company’s view on compliance: Question the hiring manager about their perspective and align it with your principles.


  1. Avoid assuming small businesses are exempt: ICE probes encompass establishments of all sizes, emphasizing universal compliance vigilance.


  1. Ignorance is not a defense: It is essential to remember that even if a restaurant manager claims ignorance about an employee’s undocumented status, they can still be held liable. By following the proper employment verification system, managers can avoid finding themselves in this unfortunate predicament.


  1. Do your homework: Before going into a job interview, conduct thorough research on the company and its compliance practices. It is important not to romanticize the opportunity and to remain grounded. Middle managers and supervisors must carefully consider any risks, even when partnering with employment agencies, and have a plan of action if the business owner is not compliant. Communicating your position on compliance to all team members is also paramount.




The hospitality industry is currently facing increased scrutiny regarding compliance, making it crucial for hospitality management professionals to take proactive steps to protect themselves and their careers. By working with recruiters, discussing compliance during job interviews, understanding company procedures, and asking about a company’s view on compliance, hospitality managers can mitigate potential risks. Additionally, doing thorough research, staying informed, and setting clear compliance expectations within their teams will help ensure a positive and successful career in hospitality management.


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