ICE Workplace Inspections on the Rise

Proper I-9 Form Record Keeping Critical

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that they plan to increase their frequency of both I-9 Audits and workplace raids this year.

According to ABC News, businesses must comply with ICE within three business days of being audited.

“The actions taken this week reflect HSI’s (Homeland Security Investigations) stepped-up efforts to enforce the laws that prohibit businesses from hiring illegal workers,” an email from an ICE spokesperson read. “HSI’s worksite enforcement strategy is focused on protecting jobs for U.S. citizens and others who are lawfully employed, eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that hire an illegal workforce, and strengthening public safety and national security.”

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) warns businesses that I-9 violations carry a hefty fine – ranging from $216 to $2,156 per worker. SHRM recommends that organizations review, audit, and assess their I-9 record keeping practices now to minimize the potential for fines and penalties down the line.

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