New I-9 Form to Go Into Effect on May 7, 2013

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By Suzanne Potter-Padilla On March 8, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an announcement in the Federal Register advising employers that Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 has been revised. The key changes to the newly-revised form include new data fields requiring an employee’s foreign passport information (if applicable), and the employee’s telephone number and email address. […]

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Form I-9 Audits & Penalties Continue to Intensify

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Maintaining a compliant Form I-9 program continues to be imperative, as fiscal year 2012 saw a record number of audits and enforcement actions by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for non-compliant Form I-9 programs. ICE conducted more than 3,000 audits in fiscal 2012, compared to just 250 in fiscal 2007. Audits of employer’s Form […]

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 […]