Understanding the Latest Guidance in Conducting an Internal Form I-9 Audit
In December 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices released the much-anticipated guidance for employers conducting internal Form I-9 audits. The guidance was issued to help employers structure implement internal audits consistent with the relevant requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent updates on the latest guidance in conducting internal I-9 audits. Going beyond the basic mechanics, the panel will present their thoughts and opinions on how to best comply with these guidelines.
Key topics include:
- Purpose and Scope of I-9 Audits
- I-9 Audit Process
- Charges of Discrimination in Internal Form I-9 Audits
- Corrections to Deficient I-9 Forms
- Internal Audit Considerations
- Identifying and Avoiding Discriminatory Internal Audits
Melissa L. Azallion, Shareholder
McNair Law Firm, P.A.
- Understanding the key elements of the OSC guidance on conducting internal I-9 audits
- Identifying ‘constructive knowledge’ situations –spotting issues, preparing for pressure conversations and more
- Form I-9 corrections – do’s and don’ts
Rebecca B. Schechter, Of Counsel
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
- Ensuring consistency and transparency
- Communicating with your workforce
- Employee vs. employer corrections
- Documentation of corrections
Raluca Vais-Ottosen, Attorney
DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C.
- Discriminatory I-9 completion practices
- Discriminatory I-9 internal audit practices
- Re-verification issues stemming from internal audits that could trigger claims of discrimination
- Choosing the best person to perform an internal audit, whether it is an in-house employee or an external third party
- Consequences of I-9 discriminatory practices
James Larsen, Attorney
- Attestation-based limits on corrections
- Addressing problematic supporting documentation
- E-Verify considerations in conducting audits
- Avoiding discriminatory practices when addressing deficiencies
Who Should Attend:
- Employment Law & Immigration Attorneys
- Employment and Labor Lawyers
- Human Resource Professionals
- Immigration Officers
- Private and Public Companies
- Compliance Officers
Raluca is an attorney at one of the largest firms in Wisconsin: DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. Her practice focuses on U.S. immigration law, as applicable to both individuals and businesses. She also has an extensive background in employment law, especially in employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
Raluca routinely advises business clients regarding the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and E-Verify process. She provides training and education to businesses regarding the proper I-9 and E-Verify rules and procedures, and also assists clients with internal audits as well as government investigations related to I-9 and E-Verify.
Raluca’s immigration practice also includes applications for permanent residence (green card) for individuals through family or employment, visa applications with U.S. Consulates abroad, H-1B and other work and business visas, student visas, J-1 visas and waivers, asylum, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), among others.
Raluca is an attorney at one of the largest firms in Wisconsin: DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. Her practice focuses …
James K. Larsen is an attorney at Foster LLP, one of the largest immigration law firms in the United States. During his career, he has provided immigration-related legal advice to a wide-variety of employers, from rural farmers to multi-national corporations in the oil and gas industry. As a member of the firm’s I-9 Solver™ team of attorneys, James conducts employment eligibility verification audits throughout the country and presents frequently at human resource management conferences on Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance. His employment-based immigration experience includes H-1B, L-1, and PERM labor certification. James graduated in Political Science and Music from Brigham Young University and received his law degree from Drake University, where he served as research editor for the school’s law journal.
James K. Larsen is an attorney at Foster LLP, one of the largest immigration law firms in the United States. …
Rebecca Schechter focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance, representing multi-national corporations and companies, as well as individual clients. She has experience with all areas of employment-based immigration, particularly H-1B, L-1, O-1 and E-2 petitions, as well as outstanding researcher petitions and labor certification applications. Rebecca regularly assists GT clients with global immigration matters, including business and work visas to countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. She also works on state and federal I-9 and E-Verify audits. Rebecca has a thorough understanding of third party contractor issues and experience handling complex naturalization, deportation defense, family and employment-based adjustment applications.
Rebecca Schechter focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance, representing multi-national corporations and companies, as well as individual clients. …
Melissa Azallion has more than 20 years of experience advising clients on business immigration and labor and employment law issues. She represents clients in the manufacturing, technology, health care, quick service/food service, hospitality, government and education industries. Her immigration experience includes the representation of multinational and domestic corporations, their employees and private individuals in business immigration matters before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, and at U.S. Consulates and Embassies throughout the world. In addition to serving as legal counsel for clients, Ms. Azallion worked as a Human Resources Administrator and Affirmative Action Director for the University of Dayton, where she was responsible for writing and directing the University’s Affirmative Action Plan.
Melissa Azallion has more than 20 years of experience advising clients on business immigration and labor and employment law issues. …
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About DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C.
DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., including its affiliate DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C., is one of the ten largest law firms based in Wisconsin, with an additional presence in Minnesota. It has more than 100 attorneys practicing in Madison and Metropolitan Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a variety of legal areas and has the experience to service clients of all scopes and sizes. The firm is known for its work in several areas, including corporate law, construction, employment, environmental, employee benefits, government relations, health care, litigation, real estate, tax, estate planning, family law, immigration, international, intellectual property, personal injury, patents, trademarks, and copyright law.
About Foster LLP
Foster LLP, among the largest immigration law firms in the U.S., is dedicated to providing comprehensive immigration legal services. Foster is certified by the National Minority Business Council and has received the top “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell National Directory of Attorneys and the top rating from Chambers USA. With more than 40 attorneys, the firm has the experience, resources and knowledge to address the most complex immigration challenges facing global employers. Since 1973, Foster has provided expertise in such diverse and comprehensive practice areas as: U.S. Immigration, including both non-immigrant and permanent residency options for employees; Global Immigration Compliance, including options to ensure employee mobility and global immigration compliance; Workforce Compliance, including Form I-9 digitization and electronic storage, Form I-9 and Labor Condition Application compliance audits, and audit-defense; and Litigation, including matters that may arise in the context of immigration and workforce compliance.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig is an international law firm with approximately 1900 attorneys and governmental affairs professionals in 38 commercial and government centers across the United States and in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Greenberg Traurig provides integrated, business-focused legal services for clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to innovative start-ups. The firm’s multidisciplinary teams include senior lawyers who have served as chief legal officers at major multinational companies and have spent years solving real-world problems in the business, political and legal arenas.
About McNair Law Firm, P.A.
Since former South Carolina Governor Robert E. McNair founded it in 1971, McNair Law Firm has served clients at the intersection of business and government. The firm has grown to over 100 attorneys in offices throughout the Carolinas and continues to meet the changing needs of its clients, helping them address the challenges and opportunities of every economic cycle. McNair clients are companies and organizations in the manufacturing, banking and finance, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, technology, construction, and real estate industries as well as government entities, non-profit organizations, and individuals.