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I-9 Investigations in a New Enforcement Era: An Important Webinar for You and Your Workers

Friday, September 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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Written By: Frances O’Connell Taylor  

You are early to work, ready to take on the day. There is a knock at the door. You answer it and find a nicely dressed federal officer waiting to hand you a Notice of Inspection.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants you to produce all of your Form I-9 records, with supporting documents and payroll records by Friday.  This is not what you had on your to-do list for today.  If only you had attended that webinar, I-9 Employment Verification in a New Enforcement Era, hosted by AICC!

The Six Ws

Who is involved? What happens during I-9 investigations? When did they become a priority? Where will these investigations happen? Why do these investigation start?  What is needed to resolve them?  These are important questions that each business must understand and prepare for, lest you be caught off-guard and risk losing your valuable team members.  Immigration attorney Frances O’Connell Taylor will explain the ins and outs of preparing for and maybe even avoiding the worst of the pain raised by the scenario described above.

Who?  What?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is responsible for large parts of our immigration system, which includes enforcing the I-9 regulations that require nearly all U.S. employers to check the identity and work authorization of each new hire.  The Department’s Homeland Security Investigations force investigates allegations of the hiring or retention of illegal workers within the U.S. Their staff includes special agents, analysts, auditors, and support staff.  They will visit employers, pick up stacks of hardcopy Forms I-9, and turn them over to forensic auditors who will check for employer violations as well as for the use of forged identity and work authorization documents. 

When?  Why?

With all of the talk of border security and immigration issues, you might think that I-9 enforcement is tied to an election cycle or have been ebbing and flowing.  Not so – worksite enforcement took during the two previous administrations and employer penalties were increased by 96 percent.  In a time of “Buy American, Hire American,” the already robust framework for worksite enforcement may get a boost from the reported hiring surge of 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.  President Trump has signaled that “interior enforcement” will be a priority for his administration. 

Where?  What?

Nearly all employers in the U.S. are subject to the Form I-9 process and its requirements, regardless of their geographic location.  Employers in certain industries, including construction, warehousing, restaurants, and landscaping, face extra scrutiny and a higher chance of a visit from DHS agents.  How can employers prepare?  Sign up for this webinar, scheduled for October 12, 2017, at 2 pm ET, and learn how you can do a self-initiated audit now, and correct mistakes that are found, before these errors create a much more serious problem.  


Frances O’Connell Taylor               
Practice Limited to Immigration & Nationality Law       
o 410.412.3462   | f 800.254.4971|

Frances Taylor will be hosting the  I-9 Employement Verfication in A New Law Enforcement Era Webinar with AICC on Thursday,  October 12, 2017.