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The Ice Man Cometh -- Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 AGAIN

Jul 7, 2008
Are you a small business owner? You need to know this!

Immigration recently announced that a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 is required. The legislation went into effect in July of 2008, and the new Form I-9 has significant changes.

Employers must use the amended Form I-9 (Rev. 06/16/08) for all employees hired on or after June 16, 2008. Employers who fail to use the new form after that date may be subject to penalties by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). No previous editions will be accepted. Note, employers only need to complete the new version of Form I-9 for new employees. They do not need to complete new forms for existing employees. However, they must use the new I-9 Form when their employees require re-verification.

This is all part of ICE's new aggressive workplace enforcement strategy, which has included a huge upsurge in workplace raids by ICE in response to growing political pressure. They are aggressively enforcing laws that are already on the books, which prohibit an employer from knowingly employing an unauthorized alien.

Consequently, employers need to get ready now, so that they will be prepared when Immigration knocks on the door. Here are seven secrets to surviving an Immigration Audit:

#1 Do an Internal I-9 Audit Now. Don't wait for Immigration to raid your workplace or to send you a letter demanding to inspect your I-9 Forms within 72 hours to first review them. Do it now. Compare your payroll with your I-9 forms and make sure that you have an I-9 Form for all employees. Make sure that they all have been filled out correctly and completely and that you have started to use the new revised I-9 Form (Rev. (06/16/08).

#2 Centralize the I-9 Process. Train 1 or 2 employees in the technical process of filling out I-9 forms. Then have them always be in charge of completing the I-9s, instead of random supervisors, who may or may not be familiar with the process.

#3 Do Not Put the I-9s in the Employee's Personnel file. Keep the I-9 forms in a separate file. You don't want to have to turn over your employee's personnel files to Immigration, since they contain privileged information. (You can put a copy of the I-9 in the employee's personnel file, if you want, but keep the originals separate.)

#4 Always Examine the Original Documents - Not Copies. It is critical that you examine the original document, "green card", drivers license or social security card, not a copy. Make sure that you are using the revised list of approved documents, effective June 16, 2008.

#5 Copy the Front and Back of All Documents that were Examined, and Attach to the I-9. Although employers are not legally required to make a photocopy of the documents that they examined, doing so, demonstrates the employer's good faith, and if questioned, the employer can point to what documents they relied upon, even if they ultimately prove to be fraudulent.

#6 Establish a Written Policy that Fraud in the Employment Application Process, Will be Grounds for Termination. By doing so, the employer will clearly have the right to terminate an employee if it later discovers that he submitted fraudulent documents to obtain employment.

#7 If you Receive a Social Security Mismatch Letter, Contact Your Attorney First, Before Responding. The Social Security Administration is sending thousands of Social Security Mismatch Letters to Employers, informing them that there is a "mismatch" in the names and social security numbers of some of the employer's employees. Although a Federal Court Judge has issued a preliminary injunction preventing ICE from sending letters together with the SSA, there may be serious legal consequences for the employer. Therefore, immediately contact experienced legal counsel before responding.
About the Author
Eli Kantor is an attorney in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA representing employers in all aspects of labor, employment and immigration law. For more information contact Eli at (310) 274-8216 or visit his websites: Sexual Harassment Prevention and Beverly Hills Immigration Law.
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