ICE recently levied one of its largest fines — over $1 million — against Abercrombie & Fitch. This penalty is solely for improper completion of I-9 forms. And the settlement is a direct result a compliance audit.
In fiscal 2010, ICE conducted 2,740 audits — more than twice as many as the previous year — and collected penalties of $7 million. ICE is continuing to increase business inspections and in January announced the creation of the Employment Compliance Inspection Center to “address a need to conduct audits of the largest employers.”
Find out how a periodic review or “audit” of your I-9 forms can help to ensure your organization is in compliance with ICE.
Join seasoned I-9 expert, David Whitlock, in this information-packed audio conference to learn in 14 steps — or less — how to complete a successful I-9 self audit.Course Highlights
David C. Whitlock, Partner, Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson, LLP
- Step by step instructions for conducting an I-9 self-audit
- Which I-9 defects employers can cure themselves, saving thousands of dollars in potential fines
- How to recognize thousands in savings in consultant/lawyer costs by performing the audit in-house
- Performing the audit – does HR need to shut down the shop for a week or more to complete the tasks?
- How the right filing system can make late or missed reverifications a thing of the past
- How to develop the right retention filing system to purge I-9 forms you don’t need to keep any longer
Dave is a partner at Elarbee Thompson. He has over 22 years experience in business immigration, compliance, employment counseling, and training. In addition, Dave has extensive experience handling employment-related visa work, including both temporary and permanent visa cases, as well as advice regarding compliance with the I-9, discrimination, and document abuse provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and litigation arising under that statute. He is a frequent lecturer and presenter on immigration and compliance topics and best practices in employment-related topics.