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Buyer Beware: Noncompliant Electronic I-9 Software Risks Customer Company Fines

Electronic I-9 software can be very attractive to companies looking for efficiency and ensuring compliance. Not to mention the elimination of file drawers that once housed these voluminous paper I-9 files. However, buyers...more

To Audit, or Not to Audit: That is the I-9 Question

For some time, employers have been confused about how to handle situations relating to potential undocumented workers in their workforces. On December 14, 2015, to address some of this confusion, the U.S. Department of...more

How to self-audit your I-9 forms

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) intends to increase its investigation efforts during 2016 to ensure employers have met their obligations to properly verify the identity and employment authorization of its...more

The Chill of ICE: Crackdown on Undocumented Workers Can Cost You

Recently, an agricultural company faced more than $100,000 in fines after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) auditors identified more than 100 substantive violations – each carrying a $1,100 maximum penalty....more

High Fines Continue to Provide “Additional Motivation” for I-9 Compliance

Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently eased off of its record pace for commencing new I-9 inspections, employers can take no comfort. ICE continues to use these inspections as a key enforcement tool...more

Don’t Forget to Cross Your “Ts” and Dot Your “I-9s” When Hiring Employees

You just need to look around you to know that construction is once again booming. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the construction industry added 259,000 jobs nationwide from January through November 2015....more

Conducting Internal I-9 Audits – ICE and DOJ-OSC Provide Joint Guidance

A company’s I-9 file, which often goes unnoticed by all but a few HR professionals, can carry significant risk. Form I-9 files often serve as landmines for fines, penalties, and sanctions. Companies can mitigate these risks...more

DOJ and ICE Publish Joint Guidance on Internal I-9 Audits

On December 14, 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division issued joint guidance for employers conducting internal Form I-9 Audits. The two agencies...more

Government Offers Guidance for Employers Conducting Internal I-9 Audits

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices recently issued guidance to help employers conduct internal I-9 audits in compliance with the...more

Final Reminder: Employers Using E-Verify: Get Ready to Download Your “Historic Records Report” by Year-End

U.S. employers enrolled in E-Verify -- the electronic system of employment eligibility verification -- should prepare to download and preserve all E-Verify data submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...more

Corporate Acquisitions and Employment Verification Issues

Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), all employers are required to complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 on the first day of employment for all hired employees. While most employers...more

Employers Using E-Verify: Get Ready to Download Your “Historic Records Report” by Year-End

U.S. employers enrolled in E-Verify -- the electronic system of employment eligibility verification -- should prepare to download and preserve all E-Verify data submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...more

Steep Fines Underscore Value of I-9 Compliance

A recent ruling by the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (which has jurisdiction over cases arising under the Immigration and Nationality Act) underscores the importance of employers revisiting their internal...more

Are Independent Contractors Always Exempt From I-9 Requirements?

Employers rarely question the general rule that independent contractors are not required to complete a form I-9. Most employers believe that, if an individual is labeled as an independent contractor, a form I-9 is not...more

Check Up or Pay Up: I-9 Compliance Fines Hit CA Company

On July 8, 2015, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), issued a decision finding Hartmann Studios, Inc. “liable for 808 violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B)”, namely hiring workers in the United...more

OCAHO Imposes $605,250 Fine for I-9 Violations

On July 8, 2015, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), the administrative court with jurisdiction to review penalties for I-9 violations, issued a decision in the matter of United States v. Hartmann...more

I-9 COMPLIANCE - A Fixed Fee Program

Investigations and audits of Form I-9 documents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are steeply on the rise, and the Obama administration is promising to keep the heat on employers in the coming...more

I-9 and E-Verify Compliance Practices for Temporary Labor and Contractors Four things to do now to minimize risk

Many of our clients rely on temporary labor solutions and outsourcing of certain functions to contractors to make their businesses work. While these workers are not your direct employees, their presence on your site doing...more

Polsinelli Podcast - The Climate for I9 Audits in 2015 [Video]

Employers are required by law to verify an employee's identity and authorization to work in the United States by completing a Form I-9. This responsibility should be taken seriously as companies can face fines for paperwork...more

Severe Fines for I-9 Noncompliance

During the first quarter of 2015, The Office of Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) issued five decisions involving employer violations related to Form I-9. In its latest decision (United States v. Liberty Packaging,...more

OCAHO Finds PEO Liable for Near Maximum I-9 Fines for False Employer Attestation Violations: Is Your Business Similarly Exposed?

On January 20, 2015, Judge Ellen Thomas, a federal administrative law judge (ALJ) with the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), a division of the Executive Office of Immigration Review within the U.S....more

Do I Need a Lawyer to Assist My Company with an I-9 Audit by ICE?

A couple of recent decisions by the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearings Officer (OCAHO) demonstrate the importance of timely retaining experienced counsel to represent you and assist you with government I-9 audits....more

Five Things Employers Should Consider When Conducting an I-9 Self-Audit

The year 2009 marked a dramatic change in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) workforce enforcement strategy. Up until 2008, ICE focused its enforcement efforts almost exclusively on illegal workers. For instance,...more

Electronic I-9 Compliance Systems: Choosing the Right Fit

A growing trend in I-9 compliance is the use of electronic software to manage I-9 and E-Verify compliance responsibilities. This shift towards electronic solutions brings along some significant challenges due to the rigorous...more

Form I-9 Verification Process Update

The following important highlights resulted from the November meeting between the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee, USCIS’s Verification Division, and ICE’s Homeland...more

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