I-9 and Workplace Compliance
Worksite enforcement for improper I-9 completion or employment of unauthorized workers has dramatically escalated, resulting in increased issuance and large civil fines, as well as criminal penalties in some cases.
We advise employers on I-9 compliance and the E-Verify system. Our services also include an internal review of an employers’ employment verification system and/or development of an internal review system. We also advise clients on responding to government inquiries.
The I-9 must be completed within 3 business days of an employee’s first day of work. The employee provides the employer with documents establishing both identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. The employee can choose which documents to present from the list of acceptable I-9 documents.
E-Verify is an Internet-based system administered by the government. It compares information from an employee’s I-9 to data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility.
Once an employer has enrolled in E-Verify, it must be used for all new employees. Companies enrolled in E-Verify can extend a foreign student’s optional practical training (OPT) from 12 to 36 months for graduates with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees.
Reach Out For Assistance
To learn how our law firm can help your company with its I-9 and workplace compliance needs, contact our Seattle law office by calling at 206-512-3597 or online by filling out a brief contact form. We serve the Pacific Northwest. Se Habla Español.