What is I-9 compliance?
All US employers are required by law to verify the employment authorization of all workers they hire on or after November 6, 1986, for employment in the United States, regardless of the workers’ immigration status. Employers who hire or continue to employ individuals knowing that they are not authorized to be employed in the United States, or who fail to comply with employment authorization verification requirements, may face civil and, in some cases, criminal penalties. Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, must be completed for each newly hired employee, including US citizens, permanent residents, and temporary foreign workers, to demonstrate the employer’s compliance with the law and the employee’s work authorization. Through the Form I-9 verification process, employers ensure that employees possess proper authorization to work in the United States and that hiring practices do not unlawfully discriminate based on immigration status.
Is your business at risk?
An employee who fails to produce the required document, or a receipt for a replacement document (in the case of lost, stolen or destroyed documents), within three business days of the date employment begins, can be terminated. An employee who shows a receipt has ninety days to present the original documents.
It is ultimately the employer’s responsibility to make sure its employees are legally permitted to work for them. An employer’s failure to comply with I-9 laws may result in severe legal and monetary consequences.
ALG Lawyers offers I-9 Compliance for your Business:
- Internal Audits of all I-9 forms
- Review of current practices and internal compliance policies
- Uniform new hire and processing procedures
- Corrections to deficient I-9 paperwork
- Consulting services for future compliance
- ICE/DOL Audit Reponses
- Settlements with ICE in audit sanctions
- Ongoing support in immigration and I-9 compliance
Our immigration lawyers are experts in ensuring your business is in compliance with federal law. Don’t put your business at risk. Call us today to discuss your legal options.