Government inspections of employment paperwork including Form I-9 have increased dramatically in recent years. Verifyi9’s Form I-9 audit service will help you gain peace of mind regarding the state of your Forms I-9.
If Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) comes calling, you will have only three days to produce the forms and related documents. When the “Notice of Inspection” is received, it will be too late to mitigate penalties.
After the review is complete, you will be given 10 days to correct minor, technical errors, then fined for any substantive (uncorrectable) errors and uncorrected technical errors that remain. Fines are based on the percentage of forms in error as related to the total number of forms. If more than half of your forms contain errors, the fine can be as high as $2,191 per incorrect form.
A Verifyi9 Form I-9 audit identifies form errors, allowing you to correct them in advance of a government inspection. Equally important, an audit of forms by a third party can be presented as evidence of a “good faith” effort to comply, one of the mitigating factors that can reduce potential fines by as much as 25%.
More importantly, an audit by Verifyi9’s Form I-9 audit service can identify deficiencies in procedure that could allow the employment of unauthorized workers. Companies found to employ unauthorized workers can be fined up to $22,000 per employee, and may be subject to debarment by ICE, meaning that the employer will be prevented from participating in future federal contracts and from receiving other government benefits. In recent years, ICE inspections have resulted in criminal charges for hiring illegal workers; not only for company owners but for managers and lower-level supervisors as well.
How our Form I-9 audit service works
We will review each form (all or a representative sample) for accuracy and completeness. Optionally, the review can include identification documents (if copies were retained). You will receive a detailed response for each form; not only describing each error that was discovered but providing guidance for correcting according to Form I-9 rules.
Our audit summary will highlight repetitive errors, which can indicate deficiencies in company practices and procedures. The summary will also include guidance and resources for improving internal processes for completing Form I-9.
Fedex, Publix, Verizon and Walmart vendor certification audits
Verifyi9 has conducted numerous certified audits to satisfy vendor qualification for Fedex, Publix Supermarkets, Verizon, Walmart and others. Like our general audit, you will receive a detailed assessment of each form. When you have corrected all technical errors, we can provide the required certification. Certified audits are completed quickly; often within just a few days.
E-Verify and Form I-9 audit service
Verifyi9’s unique E-Verify and Form I-9 audit combination not only ensures that you hire a legal workforce, but also that the newly-created Form I-9 is as clean and correct as possible. As we verify your new hire in E-Verify, we will also review each I-9 for accuracy and return a detailed report. This service is a great follow-up to an historical I-9 audit to ensure continuing compliance with Form I-9 rules.