3/15/2010 180 more employers get I-9 inspection notices

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180 more employers get I-9 inspection notices

March 12, 2010 by Jim Giuliano

HR Morning

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is pressing ahead with its I-9 inspection campaign. Last week, 180 companies in five states got inspection notices from ICE — the first employers to be targeted in 2010.

The most recent targets are in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. ICE had already done some 1,600 inspections in the second half of 2009 and issued fines ranging from $100 to $1,100 per violation. A Notice of Inspection requires employers to allow ICE to inspect their I-9 forms to determine compliance with the law.

ICE released a statement warning that the inspections are “a first step in ICE’s long-term strategy to address and deter illegal employment.”

Companies that receive a Notice of Inspection will have three days to prepare for a meeting with federal officials in which the company’s Form I-9 records will be reviewed, possibly including payroll documentation.

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