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Frozen Food Co. Pays $40K to Settle I-9 Bungle
Posted on 11 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Jan. 10, 2022 - "The Department of Justice today announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with Buddy’s Kitchen Inc., a Minnesota-based company that produces and distributes frozen foods. The settlement resolves claims that... Read More

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ICE Extends I-9 Flexibility
Posted on 17 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Dec. 15, 2021 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced an extension of the flexibilities in rules related to Form I-9 compliance that was initially granted last year. Due to the continued precautions related to COVID... Read More

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A Slap on the I-9 Wrist for Microsoft?
Posted on 7 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

I-9s are not rocket science, yet software giant Microsoft did some Very Dumb Things, according to the DOJ 12-7-21 media release and settlement agreement . Read More

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Electronic I-9 Software Costs the Gap Over $73K in Penalties, Back Wages
Posted on 30 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Nov. 29, 2021 "The settlement with Gap resolves claims that the company discriminated against certain non-U.S. citizens (including lawful permanent residents, refugees and asylees) and naturalized U.S. citizens because of their current or... Read More

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USCIS RPI: Remote Document Examination for Form I-9
Posted on 25 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 10/26/2021 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking input from the public regarding document examination practices associated with the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility... Read More

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OCAHO Levies $136K Penalty for I-9 Violations
Posted on 3 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USA v. Psychosomatic Fitness "[T]he parties do not dispute that Respondents violated 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(1)(B). At issue before the Court is the appropriate penalty in this case. ... [T]he Court notes with concern that Respondents provided a... Read More

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DACA Form I-9 News (Jan. 4, 2021)
Posted on 5 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Jan. 4, 2021 - Completing Form I-9 for Employees with Extended Work Authorization under DACA "When completing Form I-9, employees may choose to present their unexpired Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with Category code... Read More

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Company Settles I-9 Beef with DOJ for Over $627K
Posted on 11 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Justice Department, Nov. 10, 2020 "The Justice Department announced today that it signed a settlement agreement with Fleetlogix Inc. (Fleetlogix) resolving claims that the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens by requiring... Read More

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USCIS Extends Form I-9 Flexibility
Posted on 20 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 19, 2020 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification... Read More

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DHS Modifies I-9 Practices Due to COVID-19
Posted on 4 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 1, 2020 " COVID-19 Temporary Policy for List B Identity Documents Because many areas are under stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 and some online renewal services have restrictions, employees may experience challenges renewing a state... Read More

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USCIS Q&A re I-9s, E-Verify (Apr. 3, 2020)
Posted on 6 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Apr. 3, 2020 "Questions and Answers Related to Temporary Policies for Form I-9 and E-Verify Questions about Form I-9 Requirements Q1. Can you provide an overview of changes to Form I-9 requirements due to COVID-19 and... Read More

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DHS announces flexibility in requirements related to Form I-9 compliance
Posted on 24 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Mar. 20, 2020 "Due to precautions being implemented by employers and employees related to physical proximity associated with COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it will exercise discretion to defer the... Read More

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USCIS Releases New Form I-9
Posted on 31 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 21 / Friday, January 31, 2020 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is announcing a new version of Form I–9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers must use Form I–9 to verify the... Read More

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North Texas I-9 Inspections Yield $3M Penalty, Criminal Convictions, Fines
Posted on 30 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas, Jan. 27, 2020 "A North Texas construction company will pay the government $3 million for its role in a scheme to illegally employ undocumented immigrants, announced U.S. Attorney for the... Read More

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DOJ Settles I-9 Beef for $159K
Posted on 14 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Aug. 13, 2019 "The Department of Justice announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with four car reconditioning companies in California: Automotive Creations, Inc., Dynamic Auto Images, Inc., Prestige Auto Specialists, Inc... Read More