I-9 and ICE: Compliance Tips for Employers
Did you know that federal law requires that all employees verify the eligibility of new employees to work in the U.S. by completing Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) within three days of the employee reporting for work?
The failure to verify your new employees can lead to costly fines and an inspection by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE).
To avoid these situations, employers should:
- Verify EVERY employee’s eligibility, whether they are a U.S. citizen or have temporary work authorization;
- Make sure your I-9 compliance offer is adequately trained;
- Inspect the verification documents IN PERSON, even for remote workers. Examination by fax, email or video conference is NOT allowed;
- Have a plan in place to respond to any ICE inspection replace, as you are given three days notice prior to the inspection;
- Audit your I-9s already on file to make sure every employee has one and that they are complete/accurate.