In the wake of initiating legal action against a number of franchises in Pennsylvania and Delaware for violating hiring standards in their franchise agreements, Dunkin this week announced that it is taking the hiring practice investigation nationwide. As all franchisees know, the Dunkin’ franchise agreement requires that franchise owners use the federal E-Verify system before hiring staff to ensure that employees are eligible to legally work in the United States. Failure to comply with the provisions in the franchise agreement can subject franchise owners to immediate forfeiture of their franchise agreement and loss of their business. Coincidentally, the Trump administration has been increasing investigations into illegal hiring practices by employers for some time now and is intent on continuing to expand its efforts in this regard. Given that fact, now might be a good time to remind subscribers that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) advises employers to consider enrolling in IMAGE (Immigration Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers), a cooperative certification program with employers whereby ICE assists businesses to ensure compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). Those enrolled businesses are then ‘certified’ as being IRCA compliant and less susceptible to ICE enforcement activities (fines, penalties, etc.). The 2018 DDIFO National Conference in New Orleans featured an ICE presentation on the IMAGE program.