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Do You Need to Audit Your I-9s?

Have You Ever Scribbled or Used White-Out on Your I-9s? Then Read This!
By: Melissa Marsh, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

At HRinDemand, we often help our clients ensure that their I-9 files are in order. It’s so easy to unknowingly make mistakes, and many small businesses do. We see Form I-9 mistakes such as:

  • Section 1 not being completed correctly by employees
  • Employees not dating or using their birth date for the signature date (don’t ask me why, but it happens a lot!)
  • Employers not recording the work authorization documents properly in Section 2
  • Failure to enter the hire date in Section 2
  • Using white-out

I could go on, but you get the idea. There is plenty of room for error – and these kinds of errors can result in fines starting at $200 and exceeding $2,000 per finding. Now the number of enforcement investigations is rising sharply, already doubling this year from 2017. For more information on ICE’s increased activity, take a minute to read Ogletree Deakins’ article, ICE Doubles Worksite Enforcement Investigations.

If you haven’t had your I-9 files reviewed recently, now is the time to have HRinDemand audit your I-9s. Don’t wait because ICE could be knocking at your door any day.

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