The office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, announced a new audit office, the Employment Compliance Inspection Center. The center will be staffed with specialists who will reveiw I-9 employee files collected during audits. In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2010, ICE conducted audits of more than 2,740 companies, nearly twice as many as the previous year. The agency levied a record $7 million in civil fines on businesses that employed illegal workers. Employers must complete the I-9 form within three days of hire and all documentation must be accurate.
Tamara Lischer, PHR, CA-PHR and HotlinkHR Client advocate dicusses best practices for ensuring your I-9 forms are in compliance.