Form I-9 Audits Up Dramatically Since October
From October 1, 2017-May 4, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted 2,282 Form I-9 audits, up from 1,360 audits from October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017. Given this dramatic increase, employers should take a moment to ensure that their Form I-9 compliance practices meet federal requirements. Businesses that fail to comply with these requirements are subject to penalties of up to $2,236 per violation.
4 Quick Form I-9 Compliance Tips
1. All U.S. employers generally must fill out and keep a Form I-9 for every person they hire for employment in the United States, as long as the person works for pay or other benefits.
2. Newly hired employees must complete and sign Section 1 of Form I-9 no later than the first day of employment.
3. An employee must present to the employer an original document or documents that show his or her identity and employment authorization within 3 business days of the date employment begins.
4. Employers must retain an employee's completed Form I-9 for as long as the individual works for the employer. However, Form I-9 does not need to be filed with any federal agency.