Council for Global Immigration quoted in article – “Fines for I-9 errors on the rise”

6/12/2014
Council in the News

​​BenefitsPro, 06/10/2014 –

“Fines resulting from I-9 audits have exploded in recent years, and immigration law experts say employers should put a high priority on making sure their policies and paperwork are in compliance.

“…First created as part of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, I-9 enforcement saw a sharp uptick in audits and fines after a revision to the form in 2013.

“ICE audited more than 1,000 businesses nationwide after that update. By comparison, ICE conducted only 250 audits in 2007.

“…Justin Storch, manager of agency liaison for the Alexandria-Virginia-based Council for Global Immigration, also saw a jump in fines for I-9 mistakes.

“‘In general over the last several years, it has skyrocketed,’ he says. ‘I’m guessing the numbers will be even higher in 2014 than it was in 2013.’

“Storch says that among the issues emerging for employers is a crackdown on workers who might have been approved to work in the United States for a limited period of time, for example a conference or short-term assignment, who then continue to work after its ended.

“‘It really is important to do everything by the book, and don’t leave any holes open to let the government to come in,’ Storch says.

“…Storch also strongly recommends getting an outside source to review your I-9 compliance.

“‘There are experts out there,’ he says. ‘Immigration attorneys are probably your best resource as far as getting good information. They can help you stay compliant.’"

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