Tag Archives: I-9 Compliance

Buyer Beware: I-9 Compliance in Mergers and Acquisitions

With a new tax law and a booming American economy, mergers and acquisitions will occur at a busy pace in 2018.  In a prior post, we explained some of the employment authorization issues that may arise in such corporate transactions.  Here, we discuss another important issue that arises in mergers and acquisitions:  Form I-9 compliance.  … Continue reading this entry

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 to build a “culture of compliance” among employers, as shown by a recent decision issued by an administrative law judge (ALJ) … Continue reading this entry

DACA and DAPA and Form I-9, Oh My! Does Prior Document Fraud Require Termination?

President Obama’s recent decision to take executive action on immigration may cause confusion for some employers with regard to Form I-9 compliance. The action includes two initiatives that potentially impact Form I-9 recordkeeping — enhancements to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the creation of a similar program for parents of U.S. citizens … Continue reading this entry

It’s All or Nothing With I-9s and Nothing Proves Costly

A Washington drywall company recently learned the hard way that a partially completed I-9 form is insufficient to avoid costly penalties. The company was fined over $280,000 by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after ICE’s audit revealed that many of the employer’s I-9 forms were incomplete. The company appealed, arguing … Continue reading this entry

More Tips for Ensuring I-9 Compliance

As Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) and the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) continue to bear down on employers through I-9 investigations and fines, it is critical that employers review their I-9 procedures to ensure compliance. In prior Employment Law Updates, we have provided you with tips on achieving good I-9 compliance. We are back with … Continue reading this entry

Top Five Tips for Compliance With I-9 Audits

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently announced its four-year strategic plan (2010 to 2014). One of ICE’s key objectives is to “create a culture of employer compliance.” ICE intends to do so through even more “aggressive enforcement against employers” with I-9 audits, fines, and criminal charges in egregious cases. To support “a meaningful civil [I-9] audit … Continue reading this entry