I-9 Compliance and Worksite Enforcement
At Whitmer Law, we can assist employers in every industry with I-9 compliance. We can help to avoid the costly consequences of non-compliance by drafting compliance programs, discover and correct previous mistakes, identify areas of non-compliance, perform private audits of I-9 documents, train on how to use the Department of Homeland Security’s “E-Verify” program and the Social Security Administration’s Number Verification System.
Since November 5, 1986, all U.S. employers have been required to complete and keep on record Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) for each employee hired, even if the employee is an American-born citizen. The purpose of this law is to ensure that all workers are authorized by USCIS to legally work in the U.S.
Hiring an employee who does not have authorization to legally work in the U.S. may lead to the following fines:
- First offence: $375-$3,200 per unauthorized alien.
- Second offence: $3,200-$6,500 per unauthorized alien.
- Third offence: $4,300-$16,000 per unauthorized alien.
Additionally, if an employee fails to complete or maintain I-9 Forms for all employees hired after November 1986, may carry fines from $110-$1,100 per employee even if the employee is authorized to work in the U.S. This is referred to as “paperwork” violation.