I-9 Crackdown- Will Your Company Be Next?
March 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm ET
Duration: 90 minutes
Speaker: Elise L. Perkul, Esq.
I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification in the Immigration Context
As of November 1986, every employer must properly complete and maintain its I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification forms. Last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audited over 2700 companies resulting in several million dollars in fines to these companies. As recently as this month, the Obama administration announced that it created an audit office to crack down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants. According to ICE, this action is a result of leads and other reports alleging the employment of unauthorized workers, payment of unfair wages or other unlawful working conditions.
Monetary penalties for knowingly hiring and continuing to employ foreign nationals who are unauthorized to work in the U.S. are in the thousands of dollars. In certain instances, there can be criminal fines in addition to the civil penalties as well as the potential for imprisonment for individuals who verify the I-9 documents.
Few employers are aware that actions such as untimely completing I-9 forms or failing to date or sign sections of the forms are considered substantive violations which would automatically result in heavy fines upon an audit for the government.
Join us as U.S. immigration law attorney Elise L. Perkul provides guidance on avoiding common pitfalls in completing the I-9 forms and how to handle government officials when they come knocking on your company's door.
- What are the risks and liabilities in falling to complete an I-9 for an employee or completing it correctly?
- What are the consequences of knowingly hiring an illegal worker?
- How to minimize risks
- What kind of violations are the government agencies looking for during an audit?
- What to do if you suspect that an employee is providing a document that may not be real
- How can you limit your liability during the scope of your duties in completing I-9s and verifying documents?
- What is E-verify and is it right for my company?
Who Should Attend
This webinar will provide vital information for Human Resources Managers, Business Owners, Senior Executives, and Lawyers.