Last week, long lines of unauthorized immigrants formed in major cities across the country. They were waiting for applications for "deferred action," a new Obama Administration program that will put them out-of-reach of deportation and give them authorization to work - at least for two years.
This is the alternative to the Dream Act, which Obama supported but couldn't get through Congress.
Small businesses are expected to be the employers of choice for these young people once they get work cards. This week, I write about how small employers should handle the new applicants and what they should do if existing employees present authorization cards on the job.
One tip: The news that someone has gotten a card should be confined to the personnel files, not announced in the company newsletter, lest privacy concerns be violated.