Immigration Q&A

Posted on September 29th, 2016


As many employers and HR professionals know, the Form I-9 is an unusually complicated form, that is required for every employee hired.  What many employers don’t know is that a company’s Forms I-9 can be audited by the government at any time, and can and do fine employers for errors on the form.  Paperwork fines can range between $216.00-2126.00 PER VIOLATION.  That means fines can add up quickly!

Given the high financial cost, simple paperwork errors can cost you, Celebrezze Law strongly recommends you consider a Forms I-9 audit and training session.  In the meantime, here are a few important reminders to cut down on the most common errors.

1. RETENTION: Remember that a Form I-9 is required to be on file for each employee for three years from the date of hire or one year from the date employment, whichever is LATER.

2. TIMING: The Form I-9 is a time sensitive document, make sure each section of the form is completed timely and completely!

3. UP-TO-DATE FORM: Ensure you’re using the current Form I-9.  A new form is coming in early 2017!

4. KNOW WHEN TO ASK FOR HELP!  Celebrezze Law is here to help.  Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification on your employer’s duties.  We’re just a phone call away.

For questions or clarification, or to schedule your company’s Forms I-9 audit and training, contact Celebrezze Law.