Staffing Co. Hit With $209K Fine for I-9 Filing Violations

A judge with the U.S. Department of Justice immigration office has ordered a temporary employment company to pay nearly $210,000 for more than 400 failures to properly file work authorization forms, skewing closer to the government’s damages calculation despite some mitigating circumstances. Administrative Law Judge Ellen K. Thomas of the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer found Golden Employment Group Inc. failed to prepare or present 236 I-9 forms, didn’t properly complete 89 such forms and failed to timely file them on 140 occasions. The Form I-9 is used to confirm an employee’s identity and work authorization. Finding the instances of failure to submit forms were more egregious than the late or improper filings, Thomas assessed a penalty of $500 for each of the missing forms and $400 for the other 229, for a total of $209,600.

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