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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

Tags: COVID-19 , I-9 , USCIS

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

Tags: I-9 , E-Verify , USCIS

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

Tags: COVID-19 , I-9 , DHS

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

Tags: I-9 , USCIS

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

Tags: I-9

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

Expert: Kansas Immigration Case at Supreme Court Could Affect ID Theft Prosecutions
Posted on 18 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ariane de Vogue, CNN, Mar. 18, 2019 "The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear a case [ Kansas v. Garcia, No. 17-834 ] next term concerning Kansas' prosecution of three undocumented immigrants for using stolen Social Security numbers in an... Read More

Why Are I-9 Lessons So Hard to Learn? - The Abercrombie & Fitch Files
Posted on 26 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

You'd think a million-dollar fine would have hammered home the lesson. Nearly five years ago, that's what retailer Abercrombie & Fitch paid ICE to settle an I-9 audit beef. Seems the company's hand-crafted, artisanal electronic I-9 system... Read More

U.S. to Hit Infosys With Record Immigration Fine
Posted on 29 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The federal government is set to slap Infosys Ltd. with the largest immigration fine ever, claiming the Indian outsourcing giant illegally placed workers on visitor, rather than work, visas at big corporate clients across the U.S. The government... Read More

Tags: fine , b-2 , visas , H-1B , infosys , I-9

Feds Provide 30 More Days to Comment on Form I-9 Revision
Posted on 28 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 59 / Monday, March 28, 2016 - "USCIS received comments from 133 commenters in connection with the 60-day notice. DATES: The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. Comments are... Read More

Employer Alert: New Form I-9 Clears OMB Review Process
Posted on 29 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

John Fay, LawLogix, Aug. 29, 2016 - "On August 25, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) approved the latest revisions to the Form I-9, clearing the way for the form to be released to the public. Ever since the current version... Read More

Tags: LawLogix , fay , I-9

DHS Proposes New 'Smart' Form I-9, Seeks Comment - John Fay
Posted on 25 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

John Fay, LawLogix, Nov. 24, 2015 - "Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced they are seeking public comment on a newly revised “smart” version of the Form I-9 which is designed to reduce technical errors... Read More

Tags: LawLogix , comment , fay , I-9

Mary's Gone Crackers, Inc. to Pay $1.5M in I-9 Violation Non-Prosecution Agreement (Updated)
Posted on 23 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, July 22, 2016 - "Mary’s Gone Crackers Inc., a natural food company based in Gridley [California,] has agreed to pay $1.5 million and to establish a corporate compliance program under a nonprosecution agreement reached with the United States... Read More

MN Staffing Company Hit With $227K I-9 Fine: USA v. Employer Solutions
Posted on 2 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Noteworthy : "The parties do not dispute, and the record clearly reflects, that ESSG II’s standard operating procedure was for its personnel in Edina, Minnesota to sign the section 2 attestation after reviewing copies of the employees’... Read More

DOJ Settles I-9 Lawsuit for $215K - Louisiana Crane
Posted on 1 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Aug. 31, 2015 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement with Louisiana Crane & Construction LLC (Louisiana Crane), a crane and construction company headquartered in Eunice, Louisiana, that provides services to... Read More