Most Form I-9s Filed Away in HR Departments Contain Errors that Put Employers at Risk

Is your organization in compliance with Form I-9 requirements? Would your Form I-9 records stand up to an audit by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) or Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)?

According to Thomas Brechtel, Executive Vice President of A-Check partner Form I-9 Compliance, 80-90 percent of Form I-9s processed by employers contain at least one significant error that places the employer at risk of fines, debarment and even arrest.

“What employers need to understand is these ‘paperwork’ violations can result not just in monetary penalties, but also in actual criminal prosecution,” Brechtel said. “Compliance with this process is not optional, it’s critical.”

On April 30, 2009, ICE and HSI rolled out a revised worksite enforcement strategy. The strategy prioritizes the use of criminal prosecutions against the Employer. In 2012, the latest year for which figures are available, ICE has published the following “Accomplishments”: Continue reading “Most Form I-9s Filed Away in HR Departments Contain Errors that Put Employers at Risk”

I-9 and E-Verify Compliance Inspections on the Rise

Notice: The information contained herein is for informational purposes only as a service to A-Check clients and is not legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel. Every situation is different therefore it is important to obtain competent legal counsel specific to your situation to protect your organization.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is cracking down on employers who fail to comply with federal laws on immigration compliance. In recent months, ICE has issued thousands of Notices of Inspection that require employers to submit, within three days, all of the legally required forms I-9 and supporting documentation for all of their employees.

“Fines for knowingly employing illegal aliens range from $375 to $14,000 for unauthorized workers, while fines for paperwork I-9 violations can range from $110 to $1,100, with higher fines being imposed based on a percentage of errors,” Ogletree Deakins reports. Continue reading “I-9 and E-Verify Compliance Inspections on the Rise”