By Christine Thelen, Director of HR Services, Trüpp.
Would you be shocked if I told you that immigration is currently a hot button issue? If you’ve had any contact with the outside world recently, your answer is sure to be a resounding no!
Unfortunately, this is not just a political debate that can be ignored. This increased attention on immigration is having a tangible impact on employers in I-9 compliance. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can audit an employer’s records at any time, regardless of whether there is cause, and there has been a significant uptick in the number of companies being audited. At the same time, increased penalties and fines have gone into effect (August 1, 2016), and an updated Form I-9 was released earlier this year, which must be used with all new hires as of September 18, 2017. Along with this new form came important changes to when and how it needs to be completed.
Now is the time to ensure your I-9 compliance is up to date and on task! We’ve developed this handy check list to assist with your company practices, policy updates, and compliance efforts.
As you can see, I-9 compliance demands perfection. Relax, Trüpp is here to help! If you’d like the peace of mind that comes from having an experienced professional review your I-9 records, polices, and practices, consider an affordable I-9 audit from Trüpp to make sure your organization can weather in ICE investigation. It all starts with a conversation!