ALERT: Your organization's odds of being targeted for an audit of your I-9 forms have skyrocketed by 1200% in just the past four years.
The U.S. Immigration &Customs Enforcement (ICE) is going all-out in its "bold new audit initiative" to crack down on employers who violate immigration laws. Administrative I-9 audits are ICE's tool of choice.
Total fines handed out by ICE are 13 times higher than in 2009. Plus, ICE has made a big effort to publicly emphasize its criminal investigations of employers that hire undocumented workers. Last year alone, ICE arrested 238 corporate executives, managers and even HR professionals.
Are you next? Get in compliance with the advice from a true insider—a former ICE assistant chief counsel.
Strict compliance to the often-confusing I-9 rules is your only defense against serious monetary penalties and criminal arrests.
Too often, company execs and HR managers assume their I-9 compliance practices are in order when, in fact, their records and policies are littered with mistakes, leaving the business and individuals open to fines, lawsuits, and jail time. Are you sure that your I-9 practices can pass muster?
You'll be learning from a true immigration law expert and Washington insider. Attorney Kevin Lashus is a former assistant chief counsel at the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Specifically, you will learn:
- I-9 101. Discover the 10 essential steps to correctly fill out an I-9.
- Documents. Which documents can you review for Lists A, B and C — and what has changed?
- Copying. Should you make copies of driver's licenses and other supporting documents?
- Review. How far are you required to go to determine if a document is "genuine"?
- Retention. Where must you store I-9s? Is a "binder system" the best? And how long must you retain them … 1 year, 3 years, more?
- Disposal. What's the proper way to discard of I-9s — must you shred them?
- Reverification. How can you handle reverification in the most legally safe and efficient way possible?
- Internal audits. What can be corrected and who should be auditing?
- Best practices. What else should you be doing?
- Electronic I-9 systems. What to consider when going paperless.
The penalties are severe for I-9 violations, and the government is no longer negotiating fines of pennies on the dollar. Fines for "substantive" violations can reach $16,000 for each occurrence.
ICE is also focused on building criminal cases out of I-9 audits. Don't run the risk of your boss (or you!) being led off in handcuffs. Develop solid, audit-proof I-9 practices by joining us for this important interactive event.
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