Under federal law, employers are required to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all individuals they hire, and to document that information using the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) uses the I-9 inspection program to promote compliance with the law, part of a comprehensive strategy to address and deter illegal employment. Inspections are one of the most powerful tools the federal government uses to ensure that businesses are complying with U.S.employment laws. While some I-9 audits can originate from a law enforcement tip or from an investigator of another type of violation, (i.e. labor standards) other audits can be random and unsuspecting. Non-compliance can lead to significant civil and/or criminal penalties.
Employers should be diligent in their Form I-9 record keeping processes. If you need a refresher on “all things I-9”, or would like to schedule an internal audit, contact your TripleTrack Consultant today!