I-9 Compliance & Work Authorization

The federal government has stepped up its enforcement of laws related to I-9s. Thousands of employers - large and small - have been audited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over the past year. When conducting an audit, ICE inspects I-9s for compliance with the law, including requirements mandating how I-9s must be created, completed, signed, and retained. Failure to comply with these requirements has resulted in significant fines and other penalties for employers.

Messner Reeves helps businesses navigate the maze of federal and state regulations that govern the I-9 and work authorization process. Our experience ranges from auditing tens of thousands of I-9s for a national business to counseling small employers on compliance with federal and state I-9 and immigration laws. We advise clients on compliance with E-Verify and help businesses determine whether E-Verify is right for them.

When companies want an evaluation of their I-9 procedures, our attorneys are successful at identifying areas of non-compliance, ways compliance can be streamlined and potential weaknesses. If you are looking to develop I-9 procedures, our attorneys will work closely with you to create a system that meets the operational and administrative needs of your business while complying with the law.

Our attorneys also have expertise in handling Notices of Inspection (NOI) issued by ICE, including managing responses to NOIs, corresponding with ICE, and responding to document requests. We understand that government investigations carry not only legal risks, but also operational risks and PR ramifications. Our attorneys can help you craft a comprehensive, practical approach for responding to a NOI or other government inquiry.

Please contact one of our I-9 attorneys if you have any questions about this area of the law or if you would like our expertise managing risk related to the I-9 process.

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