How Does a Divided Congress in 2019 Impact I-9 and E-Verify Compliance?

The arguments on all sides of the November elections have included a wide range of issues, including health care, gun rights, gender/race equality and immigration. Originally conceived in 1986, the I-9, which is often overlooked, is just one element of immigration compliance that ensures businesses are hiring a legal workforce. Thousands of I-9 audits – a 300 percent increase from prior years – took place this year under Trump’s presidency. Looking ahead into 2019, I-9 audits are expected to continue increasing through an expansion of the Employment Compliance Inspection Center (ECIC). Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) also is expanding its E-Verify program, which now has an enrollment that exceeds 800,000 employers at roughly 2.7 million worksites. Experts are recommending that employers begin to prepare for the upcoming year by reviewing current policies and practices with counsel, conducting a self-audit to fix mistakes and omissions, and adopting smart electronic I-9 processes.

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