The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a newly revised Employment Verification Form, Form I-9 on July 17, 2017. Employers are required to use the Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization eligibility of their employees. The new Form I-9 will become mandatory on September 17, 2017. At the same time USCIS updated the M-274, a handbook for employers that accompanies the Form I-9. The e-verify handbook for employers has also been updated to reflect the most recent system enhancements and policy updates.
The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (“OCAHO”), which is the administrative law court that handles Form I-9 litigation, has held that an employer is obligated to provide proper Form I-9 training to the people who complete the Form I-9 on its behalf. Because fines for a mistake in a Form I-9 can be as high as $2,156 per Form I-9, an employer subject to a Form I-9 audit can be looking at fines in the tens, and, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars. The first step an employer can take to avoid these fines is to make certain that every person who completes a Form I-9 has received comprehensive training on how to properly complete the Form I-9. With a new version of the Form I-9 being released, it is a good time for every employee who completes the Form I-9 to obtain updated training. In this webinar expert speaker Patricia A. Bollman will provide that detailed, comprehensive training.
The release of the new Form I-9 provides a good opportunity for employers to review their Form I-9 policies and to provide I-9 training in order to reduce errors. There has been an increase in I-9 audits by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) over the past few months and the expectation is that audits will continue to rise under the current administration. And remember, I-9 fines increased last year so the potential liability to a company is significant.
This session will provide detailed training as to how to properly complete each section of the Form I-9 as well as review the requirements for accepting documents as part of the Form I-9 process. Patricia will look at the changes to the Form I-9 and provide tips and resource materials for those who complete the Form I-9. There have been some significant changes in the documents that can be accepted as part of the Form I-9 process and she will review the documents and the rules related to acceptance of documents. This session will also include a discussion on how to properly make corrections to the Form I-9.
Who Should Attend
Patricia A. Bollman is a 1986 graduate of Tulane University School of Law. For thirty years Ms. Bollman has practiced primarily in the area of immigration and nationality law. A significant portion of Ms. Bollman’s immigration law practice is in the area of employment based immigration matters. Ms. Bollman has developed an expertise in I-9 compliance issues and has written an I-9 training seminar which she teaches to...
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