By Jim Dickrell, editor Dairy Today
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced yesterday it was launching a "bold, new audit initiative” to inspect and verify hiring records.
It sent out "notices of inspection” to 652 businesses yesterday, notifying them that ICE will be inspecting their hiring records to verify whether the business are compliant with Federal laws and regulations. It is unknown whether any of these businesses are farms.
Immigration regulation specialists say the notices appear to be "paper” audits, meaning they are a request for documents rather than an ICE visit. But they say an audit can spiral into something more if ICE decides a firm's documents are not in order.
Even if you have not received an audit notification, now is a good time to ensure all I-9s are in order.
The Michael Best & Friedrich law firm reported earlier this week that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has also announced that the current I-9 form, which has a revision date of 02/02/09, will continue to be used after June 30, 2009, despite the fact the form states that it expires on that date. Please remember that all new hires and reverifications must be done on the 02/02/09 version of the I-9 form.
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