ICE Collects for Tardy I-9s

In July 2010, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sent a notice to Anodizing Industries, a metal-finishing factory in Los Angeles, requiring the company to produce I-9 forms (employment eligibility verifications) for its employees. In response, Anodizing presented 26 I-9 forms. However, 21 of the forms were prepared in August 2010, about two weeks after the company had received the ICE notice and one day before it delivered them to ICE. The remaining I-9 forms also reflected that they’d been completed untimely (two used a version of the form that did not exist when the employees were hired). Although Anodizing had no undocumented workers, the I-9s showed discrepancies ranging from a few weeks to over two decades between the dates of hire and the dates of completion. As a result, the government charged Anodizing with violating the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) by hiring 26 employees without timely preparing I-9 forms. The government sought over $980 for each violation, for a total of $25,525.50 in penalties. A Justice Department Judge agreed that Anodizing owed a penalty for the violations, although it reduced the amount to $15,600.

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