More than ever before, employers may find themselves being the subject of an I-9 audit conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While the number of audits has increased substantially in the past few years around the country, it's important to ensure you have the proper legal protection when your organization is being audited.
In its simplest definition, the audit conducted by ICE examines the I-9 forms that each company is required to complete for anyone they hire. Completing the form also means that the employer has also reviewed the background of a potential employee, including their eligibility to work at that particular establishment. There are a number of penalties that can result from a problematic audit, which can even include firing workers on the spot.