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I-9 violations and what you can do to avoid them.
As we discussed in our recent posting, Nationwide I-9 Audits Continue in Search of Immigration Violations, the government is cracking down on businesses that don't comply with the eligibility verification requirements the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) have in place. Fines range from $110 to $16,000 per violation depending on the type of violation. One Michigan automobile plastics company was fined over $40,000 for failing to certify that their employees met the government regulations for employment eligibility in the United States.
Take the Time & Do Your Own Internal I-9 Audit
Within the last year, our own HR department took a look at the I-9 forms we have on file for employees. They did some research to make sure we were compliant with our I-9 processes and procedures and were not at risk for fines and penalties. The findings uncovered some things you might be surprised at that can get your business slapped with a fine. The government is diligent in outlining what documents you need to review and verify to stay I-9 compliant. But there isn't much information available that spells out what not to write on the Form I-9, how to handle corrections and the color of ink you shouldn't use.
Beware of Red Ink, Miscellaneous Marks and Improper Corrections
Here are some of the penalty-resulting discoveries our HR department uncovered through several calls to Homeland Security... so we thought we would share them with you...
Pay Attention to Expiration Dates and Don't Discriminate
While these 2 items may seem self-explanatory, they also can give your company a hefty fine if you don't follow these
2 simple rules...
Read Our Third Blog Posting in This I-9 Series... More is Not Always Better When the Government is Involved