The monetary penalties for I-9 Form errors and violations have significantly increased due to a new rule from the U.S. Department of Justice. The new penalties went into effect August 1, 2016, and “will apply to violations occurring after November 2, 2016”. The minimum penalty for a first offense has nearly doubled from $375 to $539 per worker, while the maximum penalty for paperwork violations has increased from $1,100 to $2,156. Employers should audit all current I-9 Forms and make any necessary corrections to ensure all forms are correctly completed.
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