I-9 COMPLIANCE – WHAT IS IT? The Basics -WHAT EVERY U.S. BUSINESS OWNER NEEDS TO KNOW

I-9 Compliance and E-Verify

U.S. laws require that all employers verify that its employees are legally able to work in the United States.  Towards that end, all employers are required to complete I-9 verifications on its employees.  With penalties for improper I-9 verification reaching 3,500 for the first offense and $16,000 for the third offense for each worker, it is imperative that businesses carefully evaluate their business practice regarding I-9 compliance.

E-Verify

E-Verify is a web-based program that works in conjunction with the mandatory I-9 compliance program.  It allows businesses to determine whether their employees are eligible to work in the United States.

While participation in E-Verify is voluntary for most businesses, some companies may be required by state law or federal regulation to use E-Verify.  E-Verify is also mandatory for employers with federal contracts or subcontracts that contain the Federal Acquisition Regulation E-Verify clause.  It is imperative that as a business owner, you know where you stand.

Do you own a business?  Have you been penalized for failing to comply with I-9 mandatory laws? Do you have any horror stories running your business in the area of I-9 compliance?  Share your stories here with other fellow business owners!

And of course, we are always happy to help guide you in the process of I-9 compliance.

Important: The information provided herein is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute legal advice, nor should it take the place of independent legal counsel. As immigration laws are complex and ever changing, we recommend that you consult counsel before taking action in any particular case.

 

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