In a recent News Release, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that 17 Massachusetts employers were fined a total of $349,619.54 in fiscal year (FY) 2012 for various employment violations, following an investigation and audit of Form I-9 documents by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
It further reported that during FY 2012, HSI conducted 35 inspections of employers' I-9 documents in Massachusetts. In previous years, HSI had conducted 30 inspections in FY 2011 [issued fines for worksite violations against 11 companies totaling $175,420.25]; 20 inspections in FY 2010 [issued fines for worksite violations against three companies totaling $67,440]; and 17 inspections in FY 2009 [issued fines for worksite violations against one company totaling $9,753]. The increase in both the number of inspections conducted and fines levied over the years is notable.
Under the law, employers are required to complete and retain a Form I-9 for each individual they hire in the U.S. The Form I-9 requires employers to review and record the individual's identity and employment eligibility documents and determine whether the documents reasonably appear to be genuine and related to the individual. Additionally, an employer must ensure that the employee provides certain information regarding his or her eligibility to work, on the Form I-9.
Ensuring I-9 Compliance is a key responsibility of U.S. employers. Click here to know more about Form I-9 Compliance. If you have any queries on Form I-9 or its compliance, feel free to Contact us.