Is Lacking the Means an Excuse for Failure to Verify?

A San Antonio bakery was fined nearly $15,000 for not properly verifying employment eligibility for the majority of its staff, in violation of Form I-9 hiring regulations. ICE alleged that the bakery’s owners failed to produce nine Form I-9s, and also did not properly complete 23 of the hiring documents, a sign of the business acting in “bad faith.” The owners explained that they did not have the means to distinguish the falsified hiring documents from genuine ones. Had they utilized E-Verify they could have easily run a background check on new hires, and had they taken advantage of electronic Form I-9s, completing the documents would have been much easier.

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W. Barry Nixon is the COO, the leading background screening information portal and online worldwide directory of professional background screening firms and Suppliers to the background screening industry. He co-authored the landmark book, Background Screening & Investigations: Managing Hiring Risk from the HR and Security Perspective. He also is the publisher of award winning newsletters, The Background Buzz and The Global Background Screener, and the author of the Background Checks column in PI Magazine.

In addition, Barry is a past recipient of the elite ‘Top 25 Influential People in Security’ by Security Magazine and past Co-Chair, International Committee for the National Association for Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). He currently serves as a Global Ambassador for NAPBS.

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