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IRCA Compliance & I-9 audits

IRCA Compliance & I-9 audits

Section 274A of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act made employment of unauthorized workers illegal. In general, it is unlawful for a person or other entity to hire, recruit or refer for a fee, for employment in the United States (U.S.), a worker who is known to be unauthorized for employment. Employers have a responsibility to examine sufficient documentation to establish employment eligibility. To determine the documents which establish identity, employment authorization, or both, consult the current I-9 form and instructions which can be found on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website at www.uscis.gov.

An employer may not request individuals to present specific documents in lieu of other valid documents. In addition, an employer must request an individual attestation of employment authorization on Form I-9 in which the employee attests, under penalty of perjury, that he or she is eligible for employment. This form must be retained by the employer after completion and made available for inspection by officers of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Department of Labor.

Joseph & Hall P.C. assists employers with compliance on I-9 completion and routinely performs audits of I-9 forms and training to human resources departments on the proper completion and storage of I-9 records. We also assist employers on responses to I-9 notice of inspection, notices of intent to fine, raids and criminal enforcement actions. We are proactive with our employers, and guide them on the immigration liabilities associated with I-9 forms in mergers and acquisitions and how to mitigate and minimize any potential liabilities.

Joseph & Hall P.C. conducts trainings with HR departments and hiring officials and puts into place best practices for I-9 compliance in hiring as well as monitoring, retention and destruction of I-9 forms.

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Effective March 25, 2020, in response to “Stay at Home” orders Joseph & Hall PC is closed to the public and is now conducting nearly all of its operations remotely during the COVID-19 health crisis through April 18th.

We continue to have a limited number of staff in our office to perform basic operations such as assembling and filing petitions, receiving and distributing mail and issuing checks. We are grateful to be in a business that is conducive to remote work and for all of your patience and support.  Our lawyers and paralegals are here to answer the array of questions that continue to arise daily and will keep you informed during these rapidly changing times.  We will hold telephonic or video meetings rather than in-person meetings.  These meetings can be done by SKYPE or Zoom Conference call so that you can continue to interact with your legal team, face-to-face.

We remain committed to delivering outstanding client services.  We do have one important request – please do not come into the office in person for your health and safety and that of our employees.  Please mail or email all documents to our office.  Also, you can make any required payments online at https://vpspay.com/p/3 or make them over the phone by calling 303-297-9171 or by mail.  Please stay healthy!

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