USICE Inspecting the Hiring Records of 180 Businesses

USICE Inspecting the Hiring Records of 180 Businesses

I-9 complianceThe U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE) reported earlier this week that it has just issued about 180 Notices of Inspection (NOI’s) to businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. The NOI’s informed the affected business owners that they have three (3) days to prepare for the USICE to inspect their hiring records to determine whether or not they have hired unauthorized workers.

U.S. based business owners are required to complete and keep on file a Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) for each individual hired.  The form requires employers to review and record the employee’s identity and employment eligibility document to determine whether the documents are valid, belong to the employee and most importantly, are in compliance with the immigration laws concerning the hiring of individuals who are authorized to work in the U.S.

If the USICE determines that an employer’s hiring records are deficient, then various fines could be assessed and in some cases, prosecution of both the business owners and the employees.

Inspections are one of the most powerful tools the federal government has to enforce employment and immigration laws. This new initiative is part of ICE’s increased focus on holding employers accountable for their hiring practices and efforts to ensure a legal workforce.

The inspection of the hiring records of business owners stems from the USICE’s policy of increased internal enforcement to identify, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who violate the immigration laws.

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