October 18, 2010
Fiscal year 2010 has given rise to a nagging worry for employers regarding those I-9 forms languishing in their personnel files. ICE’s statistics for immigration enforcement were record-breaking for FY 2010 with more audits and investigations promised in the future. As an employer, I-9 compliance concerns are legitimate, especially if your staff has limited training in the completion of I-9’s, or if personnel turnover has left your business operations potentially vulnerable in that... [More]
October 13, 2010
Giant clothing retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch was fined $1 million by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Detroit on Tuesday for failure to verify the employment eligibility of its workers who were based at its Michigan stores.
The $1 million fine was one of the largest fines ever imposed on an employer by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Michigan to date.
According to ICE’s spokesperson Khalid Walls, Abercrombie & Fitch was not able to produce suf... [More]
October 11, 2010
Business owners have numerous government-imposed responsibilities. One specific responsibility has the potential to result in heavy penalties if not fulfilled.
The responsibility in question is I-9 verification of employee work eligibility. The purpose of I-9 verification is to verify whether an employee is eligible to work in the United States. In order to keep functioning, the U.S. government depends on tax payments from its wage earners, and businesses are required to collect these ta... [More]
October 5, 2010
Implementing a portion of the Border Security funding bill (Public Law 111-230) signed by President Barack Obama on August 13, USCIS has announced a new fee, in addition to existing fees, for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions. The new fee is $2,000 for certain H-1B and $2,250 for certain L-1 petitions.
The fee applies to petitioners who employ more than 50 workers in the U.S., with more than 50% of them in H-1B or L-1 status. The fee must be paid when an employer seeks an initial grant of H... [More]
October 4, 2010
It is being reported that earlier this month, ICE issued several hundred new notices of inspection to employers across the country. Prior to this round of notices, ICE had issued 1,641 audit notices for FY2010 and 172 final fine notices totaling more than $4 million. This last round of notices pushes the fiscal year total over 2,000, and shows ICE's continued commitment to this enforcement technique.