Raid on 7-Elevens a stark lesson in I-9 immigration compliance

Raid on 7-Elevens a stark lesson in I-9 immigration compliance

Excerpted from a Workforce.com story by Monserrat C. Miller

Department of Homeland Security agents raided 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide in mid-January as part of an effort to ensure employees’ legal work authorization in the United States.

ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan on the 7-Eleven operation said in a statement, “Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration and we are working hard to remove this magnet. ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that exploit illegal immigration.”

Generally, worksite enforcement investigations fall into two buckets: raids and administrative inspections. A Notice of Inspection, or NOI, is what triggers the investigation of a company’s employment eligibility verification forms (also known as “the Form I-9”). A company has three business days to provide the federal government with its Forms I-9 and any supporting documentation requested in the NOI.

The Form I-9 is a two-page form issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is used to document a new hire’s identity and work authorization in the United States. Under federal law, U.S. employers must complete and maintain a Form I-9 for each current employee hired post Nov. 6, 1986.
Compliance with the Form I-9 requirement is mandatory and penalties for non-compliance range from paperwork violations for errors or omissions on the Form I-9 ($216-$2,156 per Form I-9) to violations for knowingly hiring or continuing to employ someone knowing they are not authorized to work in the United States ($539-$4,313 per individual).

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