Form I-9 Audits On the Rise

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audited thousands of companies in the first half of 2018, and many more audits are expected as ICE closely monitors businesses and organizations for compliance with employment eligibility laws.

Organizations may be selected at random, and have only three business days after receiving a notification from ICE to produce their I-9’s and all associated hiring and employment records. If ICE detects any compliance issues after reviewing the documentation, the organization has 10 business days to correct the problems before fines and penalties are issued.

To protect your organization from any surprise compliance issues, a regular internal audit of all I-9’s is crucial. “Employers need to understand that the integrity of their employment records is just as important to the federal government as the integrity of their tax files and banking records,” says Derek Benner, Acting Associate Director for Homeland Security Investigations. “All industries, regardless of size, location, and type are expected to comply with the law.”

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