Immigration Activities Are On The Rise
It’s becoming abundantly clear that the government is stepping up its game with immigration enforcement. US employers have seen an increase in immigration enforcement activities under the current administration, and it is reported to only increase in the immediate future. Year-to-date, the number of I-9 audits and investigations have nearly double the numbers for all of 2016.
How is Immigration Being Enforced?
Worksite visits, as conducted under the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program, serve as a way to verify work visa information and ensure compliance. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducts I-9 audits to confirm compliance and accuracy. Form errors and non-compliance result in costly consequences. A third, and less practiced enforcement method is an ICE raid. These raids are unannounced and also have increased under the Trump administration.
What Can Employers Do?
Employers can’t prevent a visit or audit from ICE, but they can make sure their compliance practices are in order. They should ensure they understand the guidelines and practice them consistently for each employee, and refrain from any discriminatory acts.
Mistakes can happen, but even unintentional errors can be costly in the event of an ICE audit. As part a proactive culture, internal audits should be done regularly; errors should be corrected immediately and properly documented. Following an audit, provide training for employees, current and new, who have the responsibility of managing new hire paperwork.
Ignoring requirements isn’t an option; neither is incomplete information. Whether it is a lack of time, resources, or understanding preventing a company from conducting an internal audit, we have the solution. Contact us today to learn how we can help with internal audits.