Are You SURE You're I-9 Compliant?
As if human resource departments doesn’t have enough on their plates. Imagine seeing this badge flash across your reception desk with little to no warning.
Many companies across the country have received a letter from Immigration Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) that their company must produce its I-9 forms for inspection. The U.S. Government initiated a new round of immigration investigations on June 14, 2011 targeting 1,000 companies across the country. The companies will be facing government audits of I-9 forms and documents filed by employees indicating legal working status in the United States.
(learn more about the legal requirements of I-9 compliance in this previous post)
If an HR department is still managing their employee records with paper, files, and spreadsheets, getting a letter like this from ICE, would only be the beginning of this nightmare.
According to ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen “The inspections will touch on employers of all sizes and in every state in the nation, with an emphasis on businesses related to critical infrastructure and key resources.” Though names of companies were not release, ICE stated they include large and small businesses in 17 sectors, including agriculture and food, financial services, commercial nuclear reactors, drinking water and water treatment, postal and shipping, health care and transportation.
Your company could be next.
In all, ICE has initiated more than 2,300 employer audits since the start of the federal fiscal year in October. It conducted 2,196 audits during the 2010 fiscal year, leading to the criminal arrests of 196 employers and 119 convictions.
According to an article in Immigration Magazine “I-9 compliance is a requirement for all employers in the US, it is imperative that you understand whether you are compliant before ICE knocks on your door on gives you a letter with only a few days to comply.”
If your company is concerned about I-9 compliance, be sure to check out this complimentary webinar from Ascentis and immigration attorney, Jon Velie.
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