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Texas Taco Restaurant Fined $33K for Total Failure to I-9 Employees

USA v. Jula888 dba Para Tacos La Chilanga, Aug. 25, 2016 - "ICE’s Motion for Summary Decision is GRANTED, IN PART. The government met its burden of proving that Jula888, LLC d/b/a Para Tacos La Chilanga, is liable for thirty two violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B). Respondent is directed...

Employer Alert: New Form I-9 Clears OMB Review Process

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 of the I-9 expired on March 31, 2016, employers...

Current Form I-9 valid until Jan. 21, 2017 - USCIS

USCIS, Sept. 12, 2016 - "On Aug. 25, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9 , Employment Eligibility Verification. USCIS must publish a revised form by Nov. 22, 2016. Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N...

ICE Memo: Guidance on Civil Inspections of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) During Labor Disputes

Matt Ginsburg writes: "I attach ICE's " Guidance on Civil Inspections of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) During Labor Disputes ," which the AFL-CIO just obtained from ICE through a FOIA request that we filed earlier this year. This Guidance replaces Operating...

Cleaning Co. Settles I-9 Dispute with DOJ for $195K

DOJ, Oct. 17, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement today with American Cleaning Company (ACC) resolving claims that the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). ACC is a maintenance and janitorial company...

OCAHO I-9 Fine Activity (Oct. 20, 21, 26, 2016)

USA v. Solutions Group, 12 OCAHO no. 1288, Oct. 20, 2016 - "The government met its burden of proving that Solutions Group International, LLC, is liable for eighty four violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B). Respondent is directed to pay civil money penalties in the total amount of $56,150...

USCIS Revises Form I-9, Used for All New Hires in U.S.

USCIS, Nov. 14, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016 N. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $11K to $2,700 - USA v. Ideal Transportation

USA v. Ideal Transportation, Nov. 17, 2016 - "I find that in the exercise of discretion, the proposed penalty in this case should be reduced to $200 for each of the nine violations involving an employee with a TWIC Card, and $300 for each of the three violations involving an employee without a TWIC...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $89K to $36K - USA v. International Packaging

OCAHO, Dec. 6, 2016 - "[T]he government proposed a total civil monetary penalty of $88,825.00 for the ninety-five violations alleged in the complaint. ... I find that in the exercise of discretion, the proposed penalty in this case should be reduced to $500 for each of the twenty-one violations...

Q&A from AILA/USCIS/ICE Liaison Meeting, Nov. 10, 2016

USCIS, Nov. 10, 2016 - "On November 10, 2016, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Document Liaison Committee met with USCIS’s Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations to respond to questions, provide updates and address follow up items...

DOJ Settles With Utah Staffing Company Over I-9 Hiring Practices

DOJ, Dec. 13, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today resolving claims that 1st Class Staffing LLC, a staffing company based in Orem, Utah, discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The department’s...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $96K to $59K - USA v. Pegasus Family Restaurant

OCAHO, Dec. 29, 2016 - "The parties’ Joint Motion Stipulating to Liability is GRANTED. The violations alleged against Themis Koutsandreas and Jabbar Saif in Count I of the complaint and against Robert Bengert and Steven Lawrence in Count II of the complaint are dismissed. Pegasus is found...

Employers Must Use Form I-9 Dated 11/14/2016 - USCIS

USCIS, Jan. 23, 2017 - "Beginning Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use the 11/14/2016 N version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification , to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new employee hired after Nov. 6, 1986, or for the reverification of expiring employment authorization...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine: USA v. Waterstone Grill

USA v. Waterstone Grill, Jan. 27, 2017 - "Respondent is liable for seventy-one violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B) and is directed to pay civil penalties in the total amount of $33,725. The parties are free to establish a payment schedule in order to minimize the impact of the penalty on...

M-274 Table of Changes (USCIS, Jan. 22, 2017)

Table of Changes for Revised M-274, (Rev. 01/22/17) - The purpose of this document is to outline the significant changes made to the M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9.

Brooklyn Scaffolding Firm Fined $151K for I-9 Violations: USA v. Metropolitan Enterprises, Inc.

USA v. Metropolitan Enterprises, Inc., 12 OCAHO no. 1297, Mar. 10, 2017 - "ICE’s Motion for Summary Decision is GRANTED, IN PART. Metropolitan Enterprises, Inc. is liable for 189 violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B) and is directed to pay civil penalties in the total amount of $151...

Pizza Chain Settles with DOJ for $140K for I-9 Violations

DOJ, Mar. 21, 2017 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement agreement today with Pizzerias, LLC (Pizzerias), a pizza restaurant franchisee with 31 locations in Miami, Florida. The agreement resolves the department’s investigation into whether Pizzerias violated the Immigration and Nationality...

Arizona Federal Court Enjoins Maricopa County's Use of I-9 Forms in State Prosecutions (Law360)

Kelcee Griffis, Law360, Mar. 29, 2017 - "An Arizona federal judge has permanently barred the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office from using documents submitted by employees solely for use in I-9 employment authorization checks to conduct criminal prosecutions for identity theft or forgery under...

Employers Should Review Form I-9 for Social Security Number Glitch - USCIS

USCIS, Apr. 6, 2017 - "If you used Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that you downloaded between Nov. 14 and Nov. 17, 2016, review them to ensure your employees’ Social Security numbers appear correctly in Section 1. There was a glitch when the revised Form I-9 was first published...

Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Florida Roadside Assistance Services Company

DOJ, Apr. 6, 2017 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Brickell Financial Services Motor Club, Inc., d/b/a Road America Motor Club, Inc. (Road America), headquartered in Miami, Florida. The settlement resolves the department’s investigation into whether the company violated...

$225K Settlement in Wa. I-9 Tussle: Wa. Potato Co. & Pasco Processing

DOJ, May 17, 2017 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with Washington Potato Company and Pasco Processing, LLC, which operate a fruit and vegetable processing facility located in Pasco, Washington. The agreement resolves a discrimination lawsuit the Justice...

OCAHO Cuts I-9 Penalty from $367K to $276K - Alpine Staffing, Inc.

USA v. Alpine Staffing, Inc. - "After considering the totality of evidence, the arguments of the parties, and the relevant factors to be considered in penalty assessments, the undersigned finds that the penalties proposed by ICE are somewhat disproportionate for some of the violations. Consequently...

Panda Express Serves Up $600K to DOJ in I-9 Violation Settlement

DOJ, June 28, 2017 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. (Panda Express), a restaurant chain with over 1,800 locations in the United States. The agreement resolves the department’s investigation into whether Panda...

Revised Form I-9 Now Available (July 17, 2017)

USCIS, July 17, 2017 - "USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17. Instructions for how to download Form I-9 are available on the Form I-9 page. Employers can use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16...

CA9 on I-9 Enforcement, $305K Penalty - DLS Precision Fab v. ICE

DLS Precision Fab v. ICE, Aug. 7, 2017 - Court staff summary: "The panel granted in part and denied in part DLS Precision Fab LLC’s petition for review of an administrative law judge’s (“ALJ”) decision finding DLS liable for 504 violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a,...