Earlier this week, a heated TV Commentator dust-up brought the subject of immigration, legal and illegal, back into the media spotlight.
DHS Homeland Security Investigations plan more audits this year
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According to ICE's own press release, more than 5,200 businesses around the country have been served a notice of inspection (NOI) this calendar year. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) the team responsible for monitoring and maintaining compliance continue, stating they intend to increase the NOIs even more, to "create a culture of compliance among employers."
What does that mean for you as an employer? Well, you should be prepared for an ICE Audit. If you're wondering what exactly that entails, read on!
E-Verify, the federal employment verification database, has recently received high marks from U.S. businesses for its usability. Now, a new survey finds the program is also supported by small-business owners, who have urged called for employers across the country to be mandated to use E-Verify in some capacity.
E-Verify is an important tool to employment verification. It has not only been the object of state-level legislation, but also at the center of a larger federal attempt at immigration reform. Using and enrolling in the system is required of many employers countrywide, and failure to comply can result in serious penalties, as more than 300 businesses in South Carolina recently found out.
A number of San Diego-area business recently had their employee I-9 forms audited by federal employment verification enforcement officials, which resulted in 10 firms being fined in excess of $170,000 for noncompliance.