By Brian Elfrink
U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) has dramatically increased its audits and investigations of Form I-9s. And ICE is not expected to slow down. Penalties for noncompliance are far reaching. For technical form violations alone, fines can range between $224 to $2,236 -- per I-9. Now imagine that amount multiplied by hundreds or even thousands of employees.
The government requires employers to complete and retain Form I-9s for each person hired after November 6, 1986. It uses this form to verify the employee's identity and eligibility to work legally in the U.S. -- and employers have three days to complete this form. Sounds straight forward, right? But there are a lot of issues that can arise with Form I-9s -- like missing employee signatures or under documentation.
Employers must be vigilant about I-9 compliance. We've written a 4-part blog series about I-9 audits and remediation best practices to help ensure you remain on the right track.
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