South Carolina labor officials have issued about $1,500 in fines and suspended the licenses of two businesses in the six months since the state's new immigration law went into effect for small businesses.
The state did more than 1,800 audits during that time, focusing on industries that typically employ immigrants, such as landscaping, construction and hospitality, Jim Knight, the head of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Office of Immigrant Worker Compliance, told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach.
About 90 percent have had no violations, and most of those with problems corrected them within three days and didn't have to pay fines, Knight said.
"That's much better than we had expected," Knight said.
A Mexican restaurant in Columbia and a landscaping company in Murrells Inlet had their licenses suspended for 10 days. A complaint about the lawn service led officials to check it in October, Knight said.