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Keep Your I-9s Current

Posted Monday, July 16, 2018 by Jules VanSant.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will have three times more enforcement officers and plans to have five times more enforcement actions this year. To protect your company from civil and/or criminal penalties for hiring unauthorized workers, be sure to have completed I-9 forms in the employee files in case of an ICE inspection. You can find the I-9 forms and information here.

You may ask for the I-9 information only after an offer of employment has been extended and accepted. Companies can make offers contingent on eligibility for employment, but be sure to treat all candidates equally. When requesting information, providing employees with the list of appropriate documentation from columns A, B, and C may help avoid pitfalls. You may not request any additional information or documents from anyone. To avoid potential discrimination allegations, the required information may be requested from only current or future employees and remember to treat everyone equally.