Form I-9 Penalties Have Just Increased

Form I-9 Penalties

The US Department of Justice published a revised fee schedule this week. Fines related to Form I-9 violations increased. Those fines are assessed on errors like missing or incorrect fields, dates beyond the allotted time for completion and incomplete or missing Forms I-9.

I-9 penalties assessed after January 29, 2018, have been adjusted for inflation. They now range from $224-to $2,236 per Form I-9. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) considers several factors when determining penalty amounts, including a good faith effort to comply. Being precise and avoiding repeated I-9 violations is an easy place to start. It is estimated that 60-80% of paper I-9s are likely to be flagged by ICE for problems.

Employers should review I-9 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manuals annually for accuracy and detail. An internal I-9 audit exercise will also help to find and correct mistakes. Doing so helps to show progress toward compliance, which may be considered “good faith” during an I-9 audit.

Moving to an electronic I-9 solution is a worthwhile consideration as fines and enforcement continue to increase. With a digital platform, employers can streamline and simplify the I-9 process across one location or many worksites. Register for our next I-9 Management demo to find out how we get employers on the road to I-9 compliance in as little as two weeks!

About Brian Elfrink

Brian Elfrink leads the strategic direction and development for I-9 Management, E-Verify, and Remote I-9 solutions. He is responsible for new product initiatives, legislative analysis, and product management for all areas of Form I-9. In addition, Brian is responsible for analyzing and tracking market and client needs for new requirements related to identity and employment authorization and immigration reform.

During his 10 year tenure with Equifax, Brian has held strategic roles within Finance, Accounting, and Sales Operations. Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Business (Accounting) degree from Fontbonne University, his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Lindenwood University, and is a certified Six Sigma – LEAN Green Belt.