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I-9 Audits

The Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 is a form issued by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services to verify the identity and employment eligibility of workers within the United States. U.S. Employers... more +
The Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 is a form issued by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services to verify the identity and employment eligibility of workers within the United States. U.S. Employers must require all employees, both citizens and non-citizens, to complete an I-9 and present supporting documentation, such as a passport or green card. less -

ICE Director: “We’re Taking Work Site Enforcement Very Hard This Year.” Promises to Significantly Increase the Immigration...

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), echoed the Administration’s immigration enforcement focus on employers as a crucial part of curbing...more

Employers Should Prepare Now for Increased ICE Enforcement

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Increased immigration enforcement and a reduction in illegal entry into the United States remain among the Trump administration's highest priorities. Notably, Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan has reportedly ordered Homeland...more

Global IT Company Settles Years of Federal and State Immigration Investigations - $24 Million in Fines Paid.

Infosys, a global consulting and IT services company, with operations in 45 countries, recently reported an agreement with the State of New York to settle allegations that Infosys failed to pay hundreds of foreign workers who...more

Increased Immigration Worksite Enforcement Looming in 2018

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The days of speculation may have ended. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) acting director recently made clear that Form I-9 audits and worksite enforcement actions will surge in the coming year....more

Targeted ICE Investigations ~ in it for the Long Haul with Record $95 Million Plea Deal for I-9 Violations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Following a six year investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit issued a statement confirming a guilty plea on September 28, 2017 by Asplundh Tree Experts,...more

ICE Director Confirms Significant Increase in Workplace Immigration Enforcement

by Baker Donelson on

Thomas Homan, Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said his agency has plans to increase workplace immigration enforcement. In a speech to the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Homan...more

Targeted ICE Investigations - in it for the Long Haul with Record $95 Million Plea Deal for I-9 Violations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a record $95 million plea deal for I-9 immigration violations following a six year investigation, the outcome for a Pennsylvania company with operations nationwide serves as a reminder of the federal...more

Pennsylvania Tree Removal Company Fined $95 Million for Hiring Undocumented Immigrants

A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania tree removal company was fined $95 million after pleading guilty before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to violating several federal immigration laws due to...more

Worksite Enforcement Increasing Under Trump Administration

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With President Trump’s focus on immigration enforcement, employers are seeing an uptick in the workplace audits being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement (“ICE”). Employers can avoid big fines by...more

Are You Ready for Operation Mega?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On the heels of the Trump Administration’s Tuesday, September 5th announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will end, news leaked that U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) had plans...more

Ninth Circuit: Employer’s Good Faith Reliance on HR Director is Not a Defense for Any I-9 Form Compliance Violations – Civil...

On August 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a several hundred thousand dollar penalty against a Phoenix, Arizona employer for violating several provisions of the United States Code related to an employer’s statutory...more

Increased Compliance and Enforcement Activities Under the Trump Administration: Are You Prepared?

by Baker Donelson on

In the last several months, announcements made by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Department of Labor all confirm the Trump Administration's aim to increase enforcement...more

Latest Revised I-9 Form Released

For the second time in less than a year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised the Form I-9. The latest version of the form was released on July 17, and has a footer reading “07/17/17 N.” ...more

Immigration May Knock at Your Company’s Front Door Soon. What Do You Do?

With the Administration’s plan to build a huge wall along the United States-Mexican border stalled without funding and with waning support, the White House has increasingly shifted its immigration enforcement to employers....more

ICE is coming for Undocumented Workers – How to Prevent Corporate Frostbite

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Whatever your political views, undocumented workers and the businesses that knowingly or unknowingly employ them are coming under the microscope. If you compile recent headlines, you’ll know the President has implemented...more

I-9 Audit Guide

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This is document is designed to be an employer’s guide for an internal private I-9 audit to be used in conjunction with the advice of corporate immigration counsel. This document alone is not a comprehensive list of possible...more

No Immigration Surprises in President’s Proposed Budget - Mandatory E-Verify, Boosted Enforcement Among Priority Requests

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump’s proposed budget released by the White House earlier this week contains no real surprises when it comes to the immigration provisions. The budget supports President Trump’s promises to increase immigration...more

Construction One-Minute Read: Trump Administration Increases Resources to Crack Down on Employers for I-9 Compliance

As part of his first-week initiatives, President Trump turned his focus toward immigration. These initiatives included dramatically expanding the resources of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs...more

Top 20 Immigration Compliance Tips For Hospitality Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

Recent events have made clear that immigration compliance will be a main focus for the Trump administration. The hospitality industry has always been a target for such investigations and we expect the scrutiny to increase in...more

The I-9: How Much Trouble Can One Piece Of Paper Cause?

by Fisher Phillips on

No new hire has ever been accused of enjoying the time spent filling out the myriad forms they must execute at the outset of their employment. Likewise, it would be a curious manager who listed “helping new hires with...more

Increased Enforcement Highlights The Need For Employers To Have Immigration Compliance Programs

by Butler Snow LLP on

This past weekend the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched raids in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina arresting hundreds of undocumented immigrants. While...more

Trump's Immigration Executive Order - Are We Back to Where We Started?

by Roetzel & Andress on

If you are confused about what is happening with President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order (Order), then you are not alone. PAST – What exactly is the Order? Trump signed the Order on January 27, 2017,...more

What Employment Law Changes Should We Expect From the Trump Administration? Ask the Magic 8 Ball

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

If you had asked me one month ago to predict the winner of the presidential election, I would have been wrong. Therefore, rather than make my own [ill-fated] predictions of the changes that await employers when PEOTUS takes...more

DOJ Hikes Fines for Immigration Related Violations

Despite the numerous Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headlines, the last two years have brought a significant decrease in workplace audits: 3.127 audits in 2013 to 435 audits in 2015. Similarly, the fines during...more

Immigration Compliance Alert: Increase in Fines for Immigration Related Violations Take Effect on August 1, 2016

Up until 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) focused its enforcement efforts almost exclusively on undocumented workers. For instance, ICE made 6,000 workforce enforcement strategy-related arrests in 2008; only...more

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