The New I-9 Form is here! The good news is that the USCIS has changed some of the Form I-9 instructions to help clarify a few points of confusion (more on that below). The bad news is that there are still many traps for the “I-9 unwary” – a problem that is often magnified by the sheer number of I-9s completed every year.
The Form I-9 itself looks identical to the July 17, 2017 version (that everyone has been using for the past three years), with the exception of minor non-substantive edits to the Form I-9 version (lower left-hand corner) and new expiration date (top right-hand corner) just to name a few.
Certain clarifications were made to the form instructions based on public comments received.
As immigration remains at the center of national attention, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is not just stepping up its enforcement efforts at the border they are increasing their efforts.Attend this webinar to understand how to fill out the new I-9 form, how to correct it and audit it. what are the new developments in rule and how is agencies thinking to penalize employers, what are the best practices to follow to save your company from unnecessary violations.
During fiscal year 2018, ICE conducted over 5200 I-9 audits. This was nearly a 400 percent increase over the number of I-9 audits in fiscal year 2017, and the largest number of I-9 audits ever. ICE has said it plans to conduct as many as 15,000 I-9 audits per year if it receives sufficient funding, and that one of its goals is to create a “reasonable expectation” among employers that they will be audited.
Accordingly, all employers should be prepared.In fiscal year 2017, ICE collected $97.6 million dollars in judicial forfeitures, fines, and restitution, and $7.8 million dollars in civil fines, as a result of I-9 audits. In September 2017 a single employer was ordered to pay $95 million dollars, including $80 million dollars in the form of a criminal forfeiture money judgment and $15 million dollars in civil fines, making it the largest payment ever levied in an immigration case.
With the increase in audits promised by DHS to conduct over 15,000 audits and more Employer Immigration raids, It is critical for Employers to understand what the changes may mean for their Employer Authorized Representative to complete the form without incurring fines and violations.This training will show what the changes are and how Employer Representatives can ensure compliance. and will prepare for additional changes based on the public’s feedback and how additional changes can be mitigated once the changes to the I-9 form are official.
The training will also provide Attendees with how they can conduct an internal audit of their I-9 Form and processes to reduce their risk for fines, penalties and even criminal sanctions.
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