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How to Avoid Common Form I-9 Violations

Fines for knowingly hiring or continuing to employ unauthorized workers can reach as much as $16,000 per violation. These four important areas will help employers avoid common Form I-9 violations. 1. Form I-9 must be retained for three years after the date of hire or one year after the date of termination, whichever is later. […]

Form I-9 Worksite Enforcement Expected to Ramp Up in 2018

President Donald Trumps administration has signaled that the number of Form I-9 employment eligibility verification audits will significantly escalate in 2018. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to increase worksite investigations of employers by four or five times. Size is not a factor when it comes to ICE audits of workers employment eligibility. Read […]

California I-9 Compliance Update

Assembly Bill 450, which implements new requirements for California employers in relation to California I-9 compliance and worksite enforcement responsibilities, took effect on the first of the year. The law affects both public and private employers and limits voluntary consents, requires employers to provide disclosures, limits re-verification, and inflicts penalties for non-compliance. Read more

New I-9 FAQs on Transgender Employees, E-Verify Time Zone Issues, Closing Cases, and More!

Five recent Form I-9 and E-Verify updates will lead to changes in compliance procedures and processes for the upcoming year. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed updates and changes regarding Form I-9 and Transgender Employees, space issues for Additional Other Last Names Used, E-Verify Time Zone Guidance, E-Verify TNC Guidance, and […]

USCIS Publishes Latest Round of Form I-9 Questions and Answers

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has been publishing frequent policy updates on its I-9 website, which is highly recommended for employers’ use. The site includes the release of six new question and answer guidelines released last month, relating to completion, document review, I-9 correction and electronic I-9 retention and storage. In summary, the […]

Under Pressure: Form I-9 Compliance Increasingly Important as ICE Quadruples Workplace Enforcement

Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced that workplace enforcement would be increased by four or five times the current levels. Workplace inspections involve an audit of an employer’s Forms I-9, in addition to other investigations. The inspections could involve the arrest and removal of any employees who do not […]

ICE Levies Largest Settlement Ever: Asplundh Tree Expert Co to Pay $95 Million Dollars

Asplundh Tree Expert Co. has been ordered to pay $95 million in the largest fine against a company for hiring thousands of immigrants who did not have permission to work in the United States. The 90-year-old company with 30,000 employees employed thousands of undocumented workers between 2010 and 2014. The company must forfeit $80 million […]

ICE Announces Up to Five-Fold Increase in Form I-9 Worksite Inspections

In an effort to continue to promote homeland security and public safety, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan announced a significant increase in worksite related investigations. Worksite enforcement is an important component of ICE’s overall strategy. There are a number of proven strategies that employers can initiate immediately to address the risks […]

Rep. Lamar Smith Introduced Mandatory E-Verify Bill

Rep. Lamar Smith reintroduced the Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 3711, a bill that would require all employers to use E-Verify within two years. Smith believes that by expanding the E-Verify system, jobs will only go to legal workers. The Legal Workforce Act repeals the current paper-based I-9 system and phases in mandatory E-Verify participation for […]

When ICE Agents Show Up at Work, What Should the Boss Do?

In an effort to counter the expected increase in immigration-related workplace raids, the state Assembly has approved a bill that would require California employers to ask federal immigration agents for a warrant before allowing them access to the workplace. An existing law already requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to get judicial warrants before […]

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