United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it had quadrupled I-9 inspections in fiscal year 2018. ICE initiated 5,981 Form I-9 audits and opened 6,848 worksite investigations. ICE also assessed $10.2 million in civil penalties for I-9 violations and obtained orders for over $10 million more through judicial fines, forfeitures, and other sanctions.
Employers should expect that ICE will continue to focus aggressively on I-9 compliance and inspections throughout 2019.
To ensure you’re prepared for an I-9 inspection, view RedVector’s updated “Essentials of I-9 Compliance” course.
Employers should take steps to prepare for government I-9 inspections and lower the risk of liability. Here are recommended actions: