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Form I-9 Fines Raised for 2020

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​The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released new increased fines for Form I-9 penalties, in accordance with annual inflation. The new fines will be effective for penalties assessed after June 17, 2020 for associated violations which occurred after Nov. 2, 2015. 

We've rounded up resources and articles from SHRM Online to provide context and help employers understand the forms and penalties.

Penalties Tick Up

The minimum fine per individual for paperwork or technical violations increased from $230 to $234, while the maximum fine increased from $2,292 to $2,332. Fines for knowingly hiring or continuing to employ unauthorized workers went up as well. The range for a first offense went from $573-$4,586 to $583-$4,667.

(U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

How to Complete I-9 Verification During the Coronavirus Pandemic

In-person document review rules remain in effect for all but fully remote workplaces.

(SHRM Online)

How Does ICE Calculate Form I-9 Penalties?

ICE issued a 2008 memorandum which required its agents to follow specific procedures for calculating I-9 paperwork, hiring or continuing-to-employ fines.

(SHRM Online)

What Are the Consequences for Hiring Unauthorized Workers?

Worksite immigration enforcement has increased under President Donald Trump, but still few employers are charged with illegal hiring.

(SHRM Online)

How HR Can Prepare for ICE I-9 Audits

Employers can avoid big fines by developing a comprehensive I-9 compliance program, which should include training, self-audits and an investigation-day action plan.

(SHRM Online)

Complying with I-9 and E-Verify Requirements

This comprehensive toolkit outlines compliance with the legal requirement to verify eligibility of employees to work in the United States using Form I-9 and E-Verify.

(SHRM Online)


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