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The Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Labor announced June 30th that penalties for hiring people not authorized to work in the U.S. and discriminating against immigrant workers will be increased to keep up with inflation.

The minimum penalty imposed by the Justice Department for the unlawful employment of immigrant workers will increase from $375 to $539, while the maximum fine will go from $3,200 to $4,313. Violators facing multiple charges will be subject to a new maximum penalty of $21,563.

The most significant increase is for mistakes or omissions on the Form I-9. The new rules raise paperwork violations related to I-9 verification from a maximum of $1,100 to $2,156. The minimum penalty per violation increases from $110 to $216.

It is more important now than ever for companies big and small to make sure they have effective policies and procedures in place for properly ‘I-9ing’ employees during the onboarding process, including a regular review of existing I-9s and training staff.

An initial violation for discriminating against immigrant workers can bring a new top penalty of $3,563 per charge, up from $3,200. The minimum penalty increases from $375 to $445.

Civil penalties related to the H-1B, H-2B and H-2A temporary visa foreign worker programs will be raised depending on the violation and include the following:

  • The maximum penalty for specific violations of the H-1B program, such as misrepresentations on the labor condition application, will be raised to $1,782 per violation. More-serious violations pertaining to wages or working conditions will carry a penalty of up to $7,251 per violation. The maximum penalty for displacing a U.S. worker with an H-1B worker will increase from $35,000 to $50,578 per violation.
  • The maximum penalty for violations of the H-2B program will be raised from $10,000 to $11,940 per violation. Applicable violations include those related to wages, impermissible deductions, prohibited fees and expenses, and improper refusal to employ or hire U.S. workers, among others.
  • A penalty of $1,631 will apply for each violation of an H-2A worker’s contract or of the H-2A program’s statutory or regulatory requirements. Penalties for willful violations of the work contract and the program’s statutory or regulatory requirements will increase to up to $5,491 per violation. For violations related to the housing or transportation safety and health provisions that proximately cause the death or serious injury of any H-2A worker, an employer will be fined up to $54,373 per worker. In the event of willful or repeated violations that result in serious injury or death, an employer will be assessed penalties of up to $108,745 per worker. Failure to cooperate in an investigation could result in a penalty of up to $5,491 per violation. In addition, if an employer lays off, displaces or improperly rejects a U.S. worker for an H-2A worker, the penalty will be raised to up to a maximum of $16,312 per violation per worker.

Summer Internship Gulfshore Insurance2Beginning in May 2016, Gulfshore Insurance will launch the Accelerated Development Program, an internship program which provides current college students with challenging assignments, training, and valuable exposure to our company’s leadership team.

The Accelerated Development Program enables participants to build a strong foundation of diverse skill sets for a successful and fulfilling career in Business and Personal Risk Management through customized rotations.

This tailor-made program provides access to industry knowledge in conjunction with competency-based development to prepare individuals upon graduation for a career at Gulfshore Insurance. As such, we seek the best of the best to become program members.
To be considered for acceptance, you currently must attend college and hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Accelerated Development Program provides access to:

  • Sales, Marketing, & Risk Management
  • Commercial, Personal, & Employee Benefits Support

This program is completed after an 8-week summer assignment –– with consideration for permanent placement upon graduation and after successful completion of a 4-40 insurance license.

Your experiences in the program will be designed to help you develop a sound foundation in business and personal risk management. It also will provide you quicker opportunities for advancement.

For consideration into the Accelerated Development Program for Summer 2016, please submit your resume to tschilling@gulfshoreinsurance.com.

NAPLES, FL (March 2, 2016) – Gulfshore Insurance, a leading insurance agency, has announced the promotion of Paige Moore, Personal Lines Manager, to Vice President of Personal Services. In her new role, Paige will provide strategic direction for the Personal Lines Service Team and oversee the development of new associates in alignment with the agency’s growth goals.

“We are very excited for Paige’s growth within the company. She is an exceptional member of our team and consistently provides an impeccable experience to our clients,” said Michelle Gleeson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Moore has been with Gulfshore Insurance for a total of 20 years. She began her career with Gulfshore Insurance in 1986 as a Personal Lines Account Executive where she was responsible for servicing over 1,800 personal lines clients. Moore left Gulfshore Insurance in 2001, relocating to New Jersey, and later rejoined the agency in 2011 as the Personal Lines Manager. Moore currently leads a team of 30 employees who are responsible for servicing over 6,500 clients and $4.7 million in revenue.

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NAPLES, FL (February 29, 2016) – Gulfshore Insurance, a leading insurance agency, has announced the promotion of John Keller, Director of Risk Management & Claims, to the position of Vice President of Commercial Sales. In his new role, Keller will oversee the day-to-day management of the Commercial Sales Team and focus on the recruitment and development of new Commercial Lines Client Advisors.

“John has done an excellent job building the Risk Management and Claims support services that have been so vital to Gulfshore Insurance. I look forward to John’s contributions in the development of our growing Commercial Lines Sales Team,” said Jack Powers, Chief Sales Officer.

Keller joined Gulfshore Insurance in 2011. In his role as Director of Risk Management, John partnered with Commercial Client Advisors in the field, supporting their sales efforts with key prospects and providing ongoing service to clients. John has also been an important member of Gulfshore Insurance’s Strategic Management Team over the past three years.

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NAPLES, FL (February 18, 2016) – Jan Allan, an insurance industry professional with over 20 years of experience, has joined Gulfshore Insurance as Vice President of Commercial Service. Gulfshore Insurance is a leading insurance agency providing commercial and personal insurance, employee benefits, and risk management.

In her new role, Allan will provide leadership to the commercial service team and will assist the agency in reaching its goals.  “Jan’s ability to connect with people and navigate even the most challenging situations will be an asset to the agency,” said Michelle Gleeson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Allan will lead a team of over 40 employees responsible for servicing over 2,200 clients and $10.3 million in revenue.

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