DHS Issues Updated Guidance on Electronic Form I-9 Compliance

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By Carol Williams The Electronic Signature and Storage of Form I-9, Employment Verification Final Rule was enacted on August 23, 2010 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Rule allowed for electronic completion and storage of the Form I-9 and required a clear audit trail of actions taken for each electronic Form I-9.  Two years […]

4 Ways to Better Maintain Compliance with Employment Eligibility Requirements

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Since Fiscal Year 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has audited more than 6,000 businesses suspected of hiring illegal labor, imposed more than $76 million in financial sanctions, and debarred more than 400 individuals and companies. Therefore, it is essential that employers ensure that their employment eligibility programs remain compliant. However, as the HireRight […]

Employers Spend 1 Million Hours per Year Managing I-9 Forms

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Most human resources professionals are familiar with the complexities of managing the Form I-9. From ensuring proper completion of the form to verifying identity documents to proper document retention, the Form I-9 process remains a burdensome process for employers. Recently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimated that organizations spend approximately one million hours […]

10 Do’s and Don’ts During Form I-9 Audits

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As the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency continues to intensify its enforcement of Form I-9 documents, it is critical that employers understand their responsibilities during an audit and how to prepare should their employment eligibility program come under investigation. In addition to common best practices to prepare for a Form I-9 audit, the […]

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DHS is Serious about Form I-9 Enforcement. Are You?

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All U.S. employers are required to comply with the Form I-9 employment verification regulations, but unless they have run afoul of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, many may not be aware of the current status of Form I-9 enforcement. However, recent testimony from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano sheds light on the increasingly strict enforcement […]