ICE Serves 180 Audit Notices to Businesses in 5 States

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is issuing Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 180 businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. The notices alert business owners that ICE will be inspecting their hiring records to determine whether or not they are complying with employment eligibility verification laws and regulations.

Inspections are one of the most powerful tools the federal government has to enforce employment and immigration laws. This new initiative is part of ICE’s increased focus on holding employers accountable for their hiring practices and efforts to ensure a legal workforce.

Employers are required to complete and retain a Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This form requires employers to review and record the individual’s identity document(s) and determine whether the document(s) reasonably appear to be genuine and related to the individual.

Employers should make sure to complete an I-9 for each employee within 3 days of the date of hire.  Employers should also review current I-9 records to ensure compliance with employment verification regulations. If an employer is not sure whether they are in compliance with I-9 regulations, they should contact a qualified immigration attorney.

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