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Are You Ready for an I-9 Audit?

5/19/2016
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Are you ready for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audit of your I-9s? You should be, as the number of I-9 audits ICE is conducting is on the rise. It can be random or it could be based upon a complaint filed by a disgruntled employee.  Regardless of the type, size, or location of your business, you may be called upon to produce your employees’ I-9s and supporting documentation for review. With hefty fines for non-compliance, it’s incumbent on businesses to prepare for this eventuality. Be sure you are on solid ground for employment eligibility verification. If called upon, could you produce these documents for every employee for review by ICE?
  • I-9 Forms for active and terminated employees that are required to be retained
  • Public Access folder for any employee in H status that includes the prevailing wage information and benefits package
  • A copy of the signed Labor Condition Application for each location the H employee works
  • Payroll records
  • Business information such as EIN#, owner’s names, other sites, and the number of H visa employees
  • The Audit Files for any employee for whom resident alien status application has been made
Having concluded our incredibly popular I-9 and E-Verify Spring Check-Up: What You Need to Know 2016 seminar earlier this week, we were reminded of how much there is to comprehend about the intricacies of this very common, yet very important, form. The great thing about our I-9 seminar is that it allows us to teach best practices, deliver up-to-date information on Form I-9, and help people feel comfortable working with a form that every single employee must fill out. Even better is that, before leaving, we walk everyone through the process of filling out a sample I-9 from beginning to end while answering any questions that might pop up along the way, leaving attendees feeling confident working with the form and prepared in case called upon for inspection.
 
If you missed our I-9 seminar, don’t worry! Providing in-house compliance training for Managers and Human Resource staff is a popular service we provide. Another popular service that we offer is an internal I-9 audit. Our I-9 audit gives us and you a chance to review your compliance, and help with corrective measures. Think you’re compliant? Our experience tells us that you’re probably not. In fact, the overwhelming majority of I-9s we audit contain mistakes.  
 
At GoffWilson, we have a long and reputable history with Form I-9 and have helped many businesses put the processes in place, fix errors, and develop a culture of I-9 compliance. If you have concerns about how your business handles Form I-9, contact us here and discover how we can help you feel confident in the case of an audit.
 
Filed under:E-Verify, Form I-9 Compliance