Running a Food Truck For Dummies
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It’s a good idea to verify the eligibility of any employee you hire for your food truck business. Any employer in the United States found guilty of hiring employees who are not authorized to work in the country may be subject to civil fines or criminal penalties.

What could this mean for you? Penalties start at $3,200 per worker for a first offence up to a maximum of $16,000 per worker for a third offence. The good news is that food truck vendors are not expected to be experts on immigration or the documents that establish employment eligibility authorization.

By participating in E-Verify, you can ensure that your food truck is compliant with immigration laws. E-Verify compares information from the Form I-9 to data from the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration. It is a voluntary, free, fast service. An E-Verify case must be created for each hire no later than the third business day that employee starts work. By participating in E-Verify, legally, it is presumed that the employer has complied with I-9 requirements.

Don’t risk your truck’s future by not using these simple employment eligibility verification tools. Not only do you risk fines or jail time, you but risk your other employee’s job security.

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Richard Myrick is editor-in- chief and founder of Mobile Cuisine Magazine (, a central source for mobile street food information. Since its inception, Mobile Cuisine has been teaching aspiring culinary professionals how to create successful food truck businesses by providing valuable information that can help anyone build a food truck business.

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