Compliance Issues in the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9: Raising Awareness for Employers
Despite U.S Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiatives aimed to reduce Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) violations by all employers, the need to educate employers about compliance – and ICE’s enforcement and penalties for non-compliance – is still evident. For example, Employer Solutions Staffing Group II, LLC recently was fined over $200,000 after ICE brought a compliance action against the employer for failure to ensure proper completion of Forms I-9, which requires that employers verify each employee’s identification and authorization to work in the United States. Within three days of hire, employees must complete and sign the first section of the form and employers must verify the employee’s identity and employment eligibility by reviewing certain of the employee’s identifying documents and completing the second section of the form. However straightforward the form may seem, I-9 compliance can be a challenge for workers and business owners…with costly consequences for noncompliance. Thus, it is crucial to review recent I-9 policies and changes to the form itself to avoid possible lawsuits and severe monetary penalties.
In this two-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders will help the audience understand the important legal aspects of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form. They will also provide an in-depth discussion of the general issues in the proper completion (and updating) of Form I-9. Speakers will enumerate common I-9 violations, the risks that come with them, and the possible ways to mitigate them. They will also offer best practices in ensuring compliance with immigration laws.
Key topics include:
- Employment Eligibility Verification - An Overview
- Revised I-9 Form and Requirements
- Recent Guidance on Electronic I-9 Systems and Internal Audits
- Compliance and Risk Issues
- Common I-9 Violations and Mistakes
- Possible Fines and Penalties
- Best Compliance Practices
Michelle Jacobson, Partner
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Jennifer D. Cook, Partner
Benach Ragland LLP
- What Is It, and Who Must Use It
- Common Errors
Electronic I-9 Systems:
- Latest guidance
ICE Enforcement Process: How Does It Happen?
- Flow chart
- Potential penalties – civil and criminal
- Settlement vs. Litigation – effectiveness at reducing penalties
- Case Studies: Crescent City Meat Co. (ICE Overreach, OCAHO remand)
Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices:
- Enforcement of the anti-discrimination provision (§274B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b:
- Common Errors
- Potential Civil Rights Violations
- Case Studies
I-9 Best Practices:
- Internal Audit
- What is it?
- How it Works
- Who Is Required to Use E-Verify?
- Should My Company Use E-Verify?
- E-Verify Best Practices
Who Should Attend:
- Employment Law & Immigration Attorneys
- Employment and Labor Lawyers
- Immigration Officers
- Human Resource Professionals
- Compliance Officers
- New Managers/Supervisors
- Business Owners
- Other Related/Interested Professionals
Michelle is a Partner in the Chicago office. Based on her extensive experience in corporate immigration, she is responsible for managing client accounts for several startup, multinational and Fortune 500 companies. Michelle counsels U.S. and global companies on employment strategies, including strategic planning for global assignments and development of best practices to establish efficiencies across multiple jurisdictions. She works closely with corporate clients to develop compliance programs for defending workplace sanctions and to establish internal processes that ensure timely and compliant on-boarding of international personnel.
Michelle is a Partner in the Chicago office. Based on her extensive experience in corporate immigration, she is responsible for …
Jennifer Drugay Cook is a founder and the Managing Partner of Benach Ragland LLP. She brings a unique perspective to her immigration practice – which is focused on representing clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, in immigration courts, and federal courts – having spent a decade analyzing complex regulatory matters and finding creative solutions for clients subject to state and federal environmental and energy laws. Jennifer’s clients have included individuals, families, start-up companies, small businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities, state agencies, and Fortune 500 companies – she has assisted them all in navigating the maze of confusing and often conflicting agency regulations, and litigating before various agencies or in federal court as necessary and appropriate. She currently writes and illustrates the comic Scenes From the Immigration Bar for the Benach Ragland blog Lifted Lamp.
Jennifer Drugay Cook is a founder and the Managing Partner of Benach Ragland LLP. She brings a unique perspective to …
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About Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
As the world’s leading single-focus provider of immigration counseling and services, Fragomen has been dedicated exclusively to immigration law for more than six decades. Its more than 40 offices and over 2,500 employees are strategically located in key commercial centers throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. This expansive reach allows the firm to provide services in more than 180 countries, in conjunction with their exclusive network of Local Advisor partners. Fragomen supports all aspects of global immigration services, managing and providing U.S. services through its 16 offices nationwide. Its compliance solutions include I-9 services through its proprietary I-9 Service Center, which provides an automated, online solution for completion of the employment eligibility verification process. More information about Fragomen and the firm’s service offerings is available at www.fragomen.com.
About Benach Ragland LLP
Benach Ragland is a full-service immigration firm specializing in the most complex and challenging cases. With a focus on litigation in immigration court and federal court, Benach Ragland has distinguished itself with its national reputation for aggressive and determined representation of its clients. Benach Ragland is committed to providing innovative, aggressive representation to immigrants while maintaining the highest standards of service and communication. The firm’s attorneys are among the most respected immigration lawyers in the nation. Whether your goal is to start a business in the U.S., seek protection in this country, or build a life for yourself and your family, Benach Ragland will get you there.