New Hire Paperwork and ICE – Know the Law

Under federal law, employers are required to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all individuals they hire, and to document that information using the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9.

Officers with the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security notify an employer of a planned audit and the employer has three business days to produce I-9’s for all employees.  If an employer is not in compliance with the law, it will face civil fines for paperwork violations.

If an employer is discovered to be knowingly violating the law, criminal charges may be filed … and if there is a history of hiring undocumented workers, fines can reach five figures.  Workers are arrested and deported and may face criminal charges in the event of a previous deportation.

Now more than ever, the restaurant owner must articulate and enforce compliant new hire practices.  To learn more, contact Macro Management Services, (210) 226-1047.

Restaurant owners interested in freducing unauthorized employment and identity theft may want to consider enrolling in ICE’s IMAGE certification.  IMAGE refers to Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers.  A formal membership certification program in which employers agree to combat document fraud and identity theft in the hiring process, IMAGE has an application process outlined here:  https://www.ice.gov/image.

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