USCIS Releases Revised I-9

The USCIS recently issued a revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form. This form must be used beginning on September 18, 2017. All existing storage and retention rules for Form I-9 must continue to be followed. As you know, employers use the Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization of… Continue reading USCIS Releases Revised I-9

Why I-9 Compliance Remains Important

On August 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit upheld charges against DLS Precision Fab LLC, a now bankrupt sheet metal company, which resulted in $305,000 in penalties for employing unauthorized immigrants. In this decision the court rejecting the company’s arguments that a rogue HR director was to blame. DLS was found to have failed to comply… Continue reading Why I-9 Compliance Remains Important

New Form I-9 Approved – Current Form I-9 Valid until 1/21/2017

On August 25, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new Form I-9 must be published by November 22, 2016. Employer can continue to use the current form until January 21, 2017. After that date, the new Form I-9 must be used. No other editions… Continue reading New Form I-9 Approved – Current Form I-9 Valid until 1/21/2017

Minnesota Promotional Marketing Company Liable for I-9 Violations

The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) found International Packaging Inc., a Minnesota-based promotional marketing company liable for failing to prepare or present Forms I-9 for 21 of its employees and for substantive errors found in 73 Forms I-9. Form I-9 is used to confirm an employee’s identity and work authorization. Fines have… Continue reading Minnesota Promotional Marketing Company Liable for I-9 Violations

Employers Should Continue to use the Form I-9 With an Expiration Date of 03/31/2016

The USCIS has announced that until further notice, employers should continue to use the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, with expired on 03/31/2016. USCIS is in the process of drafting a new version of Form I-9 and they will provide further information once it becomes available. Employers are required to complete a Form I-9 to… Continue reading Employers Should Continue to use the Form I-9 With an Expiration Date of 03/31/2016

Employer Pays $215K to Settle Citizenship Discrimination Case

Louisiana Crane & Construction LLC, which provides oilfield services, has agreed to pay $165,000 in civil penalties and create a $50,000 fund to pay workers who lost wages because of the company’s policy requiring workers who were not U.S. citizens to provide additional documents during the Form I-9 employment verification process. The company will also… Continue reading Employer Pays $215K to Settle Citizenship Discrimination Case

DOJ SECURES LARGEST CIVIL PENALTY FOR DISCRIMINATIN CLAIM

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reached an agreement on May 27th with a farm labor contractor, in Bakersfield, California, Luis Esparza Services, Inc. (LES), which resolved claims that LES discriminated against individuals because of citizenship status in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The agreement involved the largest civil penalty to date that… Continue reading DOJ SECURES LARGEST CIVIL PENALTY FOR DISCRIMINATIN CLAIM

EMPLOYERS BEWARE – THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WILL SPEND $$$$ TO COLLECT $500 FOR I-9 VIOLATIONS

In a recent case, U.S. v. Keegan Variety, LLC, 11 OCAHO no. 1238 (2014), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spent tens of thousands of dollars (think daily salaries of the investigators, the Judge and his/her staff) to collect $500 from an employer for two I-9 violations. Keegan Variety… Continue reading EMPLOYERS BEWARE – THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WILL SPEND $$$$ TO COLLECT $500 FOR I-9 VIOLATIONS

E-Verify Systems Records Purge

Starting on January 1, 2015, E-verify transaction records more than 10 years old will be deleted by the E-Verify system. E-Verify users will no longer have access to cases created prior to December 31, 2004. This action is required to comply with the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) retention and disposal schedule. In order… Continue reading E-Verify Systems Records Purge

Thanks USCIS ! Why didn’t we think of that ?

The USCIS has announced that it will now begin  issuing employment authorization documents and advance parole documents on a single card for certain I-485 applicants.  The card looks similar to the current employment authorization document (EAD) but includes a text that reads, “Serves as I-512 Advance Parole”.  Employers may accept the new card as a… Continue reading Thanks USCIS ! Why didn’t we think of that ?