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When Congress enacted the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), it reformed the immigration laws to make it unlawful to knowingly hire, recruit or retain individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States. At that time, employers were charged with the responsibility of verifying the work authorization of newly hired employees within the United States through completing an employment eligibility form, commonly known as Form I-9.
Civil fines, sanctions and even criminal liability can result from an employers' failure to comply with the applicable laws under IRCA.
Civil Penalties for Knowingly Hiring and/or Continuing to Employ Violations
Penalties for Knowingly Hiring and/or Continuing to Employ violations can range from a minimum of $275 to a maximum of $21,916 per violation.
Civil Penalties for Paperwork Violations
Even if an employer has not knowingly engaged in the hiring or continued employment of unauthorized workers, the government can still penalize the employer for a failure to complete Form I-9 for its employers as well as any errors made on Form I-9. Penalties for paperwork violations can range from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $2,191 per violation.
To avoid civil fines, sanctions and possible criminal liability employers should establish and maintain an I-9 compliance program which include regular audits of the employer’s Form I-9, training of all personnel that are involved in the completion of Form I-9 and training in immigration related discrimination issues. Our law firm offers I-9 services as follows:
• I-9 Services
• I-9 Worksite Investigation Representation
• E-Verify Consulting
• LCA/ H-1B / L-1 Audits