Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
Leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) will co-sponsor a webinar entitled “Managing Form I-9 Compliance in an Era of Enhanced Workforce Enforcement” presented by HR software technology company EMP Trust and featuring speaker and author Gloria Aitken, an analyst with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). (NOTE: Webinar is being rescheduled).
With more targeted workplace investigations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and increased focus on hardline immigration controls by the Trump Administration, companies in America must exercise extra due diligence in hiring practices and ensure workplace compliance due to the significant fines for mistakes on the Form I-9 and increased scrutiny of the E-Verify system usage.
In the webinar – which takes place on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, starting at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (11:00 AM Pacific Time) – Ms. Aitken will share information on common Form I-9 mistakes, tips, and tricks. In addition to a general overview of the Form I-9 and E-Verify process, the presenter will provide additional insight and guidance for users who want to know more about specialized topics including the following:
- Reverification of employment authorization (rehires, etc.).
- What to do when an employee’s employment authorization expires.
- What to do when an Employment Authorization Document (I-766) expires.
- Electronic signatures on Forms I-9.
- Leaves of absence, layoffs.
- Making corrections to the Form I-9.
- Accepting receipts (TPS, automatic extensions, expired EAD).
- E-Verify updates.
Ms. Aitken will discuss what changes are coming, the new E-Verify interfaces and status, along with some of the proposed changes and often overlooked aspects of the Form I-9. With government audits and penalties for non-compliance on the rise, proper management of the Form I-9 process is important. Learn best practices directly from the DHS in this free webinar. To register for the webinar, click here.
Ms. Aitken joined USCIS as a Management and Program Analyst in 2004. She holds a degree in Journalism from George Washington University and has been a paralegal, published author, and a public speaker for more than ten years. Her testimony on E-Verify before the Utah State Legislature resulted in various government entities approaching her for developing Form I-9 best practices.
As reported by ESR News in May 2018, ICE – which enforces federal laws governing border control, customs, trade, and immigration – announced that the agency’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) had already doubled the amount of ongoing worksite enforcement investigation cases in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 as compared to FY 2017.
From October 1, 2017, to May 4, 2018, HSI opened 3,510 worksite investigations, initiated 2,282 I-9 audits, and made 594 criminal and 610 administrative worksite-related arrests. For FY 2017 – October 2016 to September 2017 – HSI opened 1,716 worksite investigations, initiated 1,360 I-9 audits, and made 139 criminal and 172 administrative arrests.
EMP Trust helps companies with talent management using Employee (HR) Onboarding software, Electronic Form I-9 & E-Verify, Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC), and provides Workforce Management tools to maximize employee efficiency and improve your business processes. To learn more about EMP Trust, please visit www.emptrust.com.
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a partner of EMP Trust – is integrated with EMP Trust so their clients may submit background checks from within EMP Trust’s solution while ESR clients may access Form I-9 and E-Verify onboarding with them through ESR’s solution. The partnership enables a seamless process with shared data which reduces data entry time and saves time and money.
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