DETROIT, Dec. 9, 2010 — HR professionals ignore the rigors of I-9 compliance to their own, and their company’s, peril. The second article in nowHIRE’s new series, “High-volume Hiring Brief,” gives insight, news and strategy regarding compliance issues.
This month’s article, “The ICE Man COMETH; It is Just A Matter Of When!” discusses the federal government’s shift in immigration law enforcement to focus investigations on employers instead of on individuals. Even well-known brands like Abercrombie & Fitch are subject to audits and fines—in their case, $1 million in fines for paperwork violations and I-9 errors. The article can be downloaded at http://www.nowhire.com/high_volume_hiring_issue2.htm.
The new monthly article series addresses the key pain points and unique challenges faced by organizations with high-volume hiring needs, such as the hourly industries of retail, hospitality and food services. Companies that hire at high volumes need to be especially careful that their new hire paperwork complies with strict government rules.
“The ICE Man COMETH” provides real, recent examples of ICE activity, a list of nine questions to ask while reviewing company I-9 practices, and four steps to maintain compliance:
– Conduct an internal I-9 audit by engaging legal counsel in conjunction with an outside firm that offers new hire compliance systems and specializes in electronic auditing and conversion of archived/historical I-9s.
– Start with an overall audit plan and implementation of the plan, and follow through on corrections of identified errors and maintenance of a thorough I-9 compliance policy.
– Develop an Employment Eligibility Verification process and policy for your company.
– Hire an expert training specialist who offers an intensive training program that includes: 1) Comprehensive I-9 completion – start to finish, 2) avoiding common errors of the Form I-9, 3) accepting appropriate documents and 4) understanding I-9 compliance systems and their benefits to an organization. These training sessions can be conducted at your office or via private webinar.
“Fines range from $1,100 to $16,000 per unauthorized worker and $110 to $1,100 for Form I-9 errors,” said Joseph N. Impastato, II, nowHIRE’s president and chief executive officer. “Combine that with a large number of employees, and you’re potentially looking at millions of dollars lost. A fully integrated ATS that helps automate and maintain compliance pays for itself many times over, not only in terms of finances but in peace of mind.”
To download “The ICE Man COMETH; It is Just A Matter Of When!” visit http://www.nowhire.com/high_volume_hiring_issue2.htm.
Since 1999, nowHIRE has provided talent management products for companies of every size within diverse vertical markets. Their industry-defining solutions feature fully integrated, talent sourcing tools, Web-based recruiting products and talent management software modules, including I-9 compliance and E-Verify. Companies can configure the software to their specific recruiting needs—for hourly, salaried, internal or contingent employees, or any combination thereof. For more information, visit www.nowHIRE.com.
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