ICE to Notify 1,000 Companies of Pending Form I-9 Audits

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Less than a month after establishing the new Employment Compliance Inspection Center, newly established by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to enhance its capability if of auditing large organizations’ Form I-9 documents, ICE has announced plans to audit the employment eligibility records of approximately 1,000 businesses.

According to a statement by ICE, “The inspections will touch on employers of all sizes and in every state in the nation — no one industry is being targeted nor is any one industry immune from scrutiny.”  Additionally, ICE agents will be expanding their audits beyond corporate headquarters, and will include regional offices if there are indications of non-compliance.

Organizations are typically given three business days notice to prepare for an audit by ICE. While the chances of an audit are slim for many organizations, there are six best practices employers should consider to help reduce the burden and chance of penalties if a Form I-9 audit does occur.

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