12 Steps to Immigration Compliance in 2012

There are 12 steps all employers should take in 2012 to comply with the multitude of immigration laws and to avoid monetary and criminal penalties. These steps include: conduct an annual I-9 audit; incorporate immigration policies in handbooks; audit H-1B public access files; properly withdraw H-1Bs; implement hiring practices that avoid discrimination claims; and abide by E-verify. Someone other than the person responsible for completing I-9s should conduct the I-9 audit to avoid repeating the same errors. The remaining steps include: do not ignore SSN No Match letters; implement export control practices; avoid taking a hands-off approach; avoid passing immigration fees onto employees; utilize contract employees properly; and budget time and expenditures for immigration.

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