U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to issue Notices of Inspection to employers at an alarming pace in 2012, targeting 3,000 employers for the year. Do you know what to do when a dreaded I-9 audit lands on your desk?
When you receive an I-9 audit, you have three business days to produce the items requested. This usually includes all of your I-9 forms for a designated period, and other payroll reports that assist ICE in verifying you have proper documentation for every employee.
How can you avoid big fines from an I-9 audit? We recommend doing an internal audit of all I-9s to identify and correct errors on a regular basis. If your company has not audited its I-9s for several years, this effort will be well worth it. Paperwork fines are assessed at $110 per violation and the level of fine increases with the percentage of noncomplying I-9s found.
If you have more I-9s than your staff can handle, or you don’t have experience with auditing I-9s, give us a call. We can audit all of your I-9s or a designated sample of them, and we will provide you with a written report showing where the errors are and how to fix them.