LawLogix Announces Three-Part Webinar Series on I-9 Audits

March 31, 2011
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Complimentary LawLogix webinar on I-9 Compliance features special appearance from Paul Virtue, former executive associate commissioner and general counsel of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and author of the 1997 INS policy memorandum on the Good Faith Compliance Defense.

PHOENIX, Ariz., March 31, 2011- LawLogix Group, Inc., the leader in I-9 and E-Verify Compliance Software, announced today that it will host a unique three-part webinar series on the new reality of Form I-9 audits. Featuring a special appearance from Paul Virtue, former executive associate commissioner and general counsel of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and author of the 1997 INS policy memorandum on the Good Faith Compliance Defense, this webinar series will explore the major policy changes at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), recent I-9 enforcement trends, and new electronic tools which facilitate compliance with frequently changing rules. Employers are encouraged to register early for these unique learning sessions (which begin next Wednesday) as space is limited.

“Managing Form I-9 compliance is becoming an even more critical task for organizations across the U.S, with increasing worksite investigations, significant penalties and fines, and the expansion of E Verify,” said John Fay, who serves as General Counsel of LawLogix while also managing the company’s comprehensive I-9 and E-Verify news blog. “Over the past few months, we’ve received dozens of emails asking about ICE’s current enforcement policies and I-9 auditing practices as employers brace themselves for the inevitable audit. It’s a difficult and constantly changing area of employer compliance, which calls for thorough planning and coordination with trusted legal counsel.”

Dan Siciliano, co-founder of LawLogix and Director of Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance, reiterated this message while also promoting the value of continuous employer education. “For many companies, the I-9 audit process is deeply shrouded in mystery and there is a constant struggle to learn some very complex and often contradictory rules in order to avoid government penalties,” said Siciliano. “We hope this webinar series will shed some much-needed light on this process by examining both the policy and practical realities of ICE audits from people in the know. It’s certain to be a very informative learning series, and we sincerely thank all of our attorney panelists for lending their significant expertise.”

Each one-hour session in this three-part series is presented live and online by recognized experts in the field. The first webinar also features Charles M. Miller, co-author of the American Bar Association’s best-seller Immigration Compliance Auditing for Lawyers. Released in March 2011, the book is already considered an indispensable resource, found on the desktops of leading attorneys and I-9 compliance professionals alike.

Webinar Schedule

Session 1:  Changes in Form I-9 Enforcement Policy
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 11:30am to 12:30pm EST

Special Guest: Paul Virtue, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Panelists: Charles Miller, Miller Law Offices and John Fay, LawLogix Group, Inc.
Moderator: Dan Siciliano, Stanford Law School

This session will provide an overview of the current Form I-9 audit landscape, ICE policies related to enforcement, and an analysis of the latest guidance on employers’ civil and criminal liability for Form I-9 violations. The panelist will also discuss Form I-9 auditing resources and electronic tools for achieving compliance.

Session 2:  Form I-9 Audits: Lessons learned from the Field
Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 11:30am to 12:30pm EST

Panelists: Wendy Padilla-Madden, Balch & Bingham LLP and John Fay, LawLogix Group, Inc.
Moderator: Dan Siciliano, Stanford Law School

This session will provide insights into the latest Form I-9 auditing trends by examining recent investigations from the field. The panelists will also discuss audits of electronic I-9 systems, including the importance of permanent audit trails, electronic signature methodologies, and NOI response strategies.

Session 3: Form I-9 Policy and Audit Questions
Thursday, April 21, 2011 from 11:30am to 12:30pm EST

Panelists: Wendy Padilla-Madden, Balch & Bingham LLP and John Fay, LawLogix Group, Inc.
Moderator: Dan Siciliano, Stanford Law School

This session will be devoted exclusively to answering questions gathered from the first two webinars in our series. The panelists will also field additional questions throughout the webinar and provide the latest updates on I-9 enforcement policies and practices.