On September 29, 2017 I attended an employment law symposium where the DHS and Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE), the enforcement arm of DHS, reported they hired 3 floors of new I-9 Document Auditors in their Tampa Field Office. This increase is to accommodate a huge push to conduct I-9 document audits in 2018 -2020 to increase their fines and penalties since they know most Employers have errors!
Moreover, an I9 document audit is the most effective way for ICE to walk into a company’s site to check not only I9 documents but also to audit if there are illegal immigrants working in the company.
ICE is counting on Employer errors to increase their fiscal budget while they check for undocumented workers! Are you prepared????
Many Employers take the risk or are unaware the I9 documents penalties and fines. Moreover, Employers are under the impression that I9 document violations are low risk because “who is going to tell?”.
Well I am here to tell Employers that anyone can make a claim or complaint and it doesn’t even have to be true. Additionally, now the regulatory agencies are communicating more than ever before. The Department of Labor (DOL) communicates with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), the DHS communicates with Child Support Services and on and on, it isn’t hard to imagine news getting out to target Employers however, research has proven that most complaints come from disgruntled employees and others come from audits of target industries.
Margie is a senior level human resources professional with over 14 years of HR management and compliance experience A current Compliance Officer for HR Compliance Solutions, Margie has worked as an HR and Compliance advisor for major corporations and small businesses in the small, large, private, public and Non-profit sectors. This includes Federal Contracting in the defense, military, anti-terrorism and Apache Helicopter Training Simulations with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Federal Sentencing Guidelines (FSG) and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP). Margie is bilingual (Spanish) fluent and Bi-cultural.
Margie’s focus has expanded to Global Workplace Compliance in International, multi-state, multi-National, state and local workplace compliance which includes workplace compliance in other countries like the UK, Canada, France, Brazil, China, Africa, Mexico, and India, just to name a few.
Margie has created and presented seminars/webinars for many compliance institutes. These national training providers, offer compliance training to HR professionals, business owners and companies interested in having their company compliant with workplace and industry regulations.
This year, Margie was selected by Alan Collins, former Vice President of Human Resources at PepsiCo, a renowned author of 8 books on HR Prosperity & Success, and founder of “Success in HR”, to be part of his Mastermind Your Way to Success in HR, “Expert Interview Series” based on her successful Webinars/Seminars on HR Compliance. Margie holds professional human resources (PHR) from the HR Certification Institution (HRCI) and SHRM-CP certification from the Society for Human Resources Management, Membership in the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE).