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Three Must-Haves for I-9 Change Management

As organizations and HR departments continue to centralize and digitize the recruitment, retention and management of employees, many use these initiatives to conduct ground-up process improvements. This is particularly true when it comes to the transformation of the I-9 process. Many HR professionals would agree...

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Outdoing Arizona and Alabama: Georgia’s Quest for Immigration Compliance SB 160

[Editor’s Note: Even in the wake of S.744 (the Senate’s Immigration Bill), states are keen on exerting their influence in the immigration compliance debate.  Attorney

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What happened in 2015 in OCAHO Decisions involving I-9 Penalties?

[Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is courtesy of Bruce E. Buchanan, an attorney at the Nashville and Atlanta offices of Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC. As he has done in years past, Bruce discusses some important I-9 penalty decisions published during the past year and...

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Latest Developments in I-9 Worksite Enforcement

Once upon a time, I-9 compliance was a relatively benign matter. Employers had a one-page form, a pamphlet-sized handbook, and a very slim chance of ever getting into trouble with the government. But that was a very different time (and place). That was before the...

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Company Fined $600,000 for I-9 Violations

The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) has ordered Hartmann Studio, Inc. to pay a fine of over $600,000, which is one of the largest fines that it has ever assessed for I-9 form violations not involving the knowing employment of undocumented workers. The...

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Government Guidance Raises New Questions on Correcting I-9s through Self-Audits

The New Year is upon us, and once again it’s time for employers across the U.S. to revisit that thorny, lingering compliance concern that we’ve been trying oh so hard to forget: all of those really old (and frequently terrible) I-9 forms...

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Government Agencies Release New Guidance on Correcting I-9s through Self-Audits

Have you ever wondered how to correct a mistake on an employee’s Form I-9 without making matters worse? If so, you’re not alone. The I-9 has a 66-page...

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Completing the preparer and/or translator section of the Form I-9

The I-9 was supposed to be an easy, straightforward kind of document – a simple piece of paperwork to record that a company has verified its new hire’s eligibility to work in the United States. To the uninitiated, the whole process really shouldn’t...

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DHS Proposes New “Smart” Form I-9 and Seeks Public Comment

Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced they are seeking public comment on a newly revised “smart” version of the Form I-9 which is designed to reduce technical errors and address frequent points of confusion that arise for both employees and...

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