The Positives and Negatives of Hiring Undocumented Workers
Some people might have this experience. Say that you need a new roof. You’ve noticed that high winds
have blown off some of the shingles, so you meet with a series of contractors to get some quotes.
They all agree that you need a total tear-off rather than slapping a Band-aid on the issue. One of them
gives you a quote that you like, so they begin to draw up the paperwork. Then, they mention that they’ll
give you a 2% discount on the job if you agree to provide them with the money all in cash rather than
cutting a check.
You agree, and the next day, a crew shows up, along with the foreman. You quickly realize that none of
them except for the foreman speak any English. They’re all speaking Spanish to one another as they set
up the ladders and other equipment.
This scenario is common enough. You’ve just unknowingly hired a bunch of undocumented workers. The
reason why the roofer you spoke to wanted the money in cash is so he can pay his crew under the table,
thereby avoiding IRS scrutiny.
Should Businesses Hire Undocumented Workers?
If you operate a business, you might feel like there are all kinds of things that you can do to pad your
bottom line and help things run more smoothly. Depending on the company’s purpose, you might look
into employing a remote workforce, setting up a robust intranet solution, going to an eCommerce
business model, and so forth. What moves to make that will help you the most will depend on your
niche and what options you have.
Hiring undocumented workers is a fairly common practice in the United States. In the scenario we
described, the roofing crew that comes to do the total tear-off might be from Mexico, Puerto Rico,
Venezuela, or a dozen other countries. Many different countries speak Spanish, and you often find
undocumented workers representing any of them all over America.
As a business owner, you’ll often find undocumented workers with particular skill sets who you can
hire to do things l