ICE Fines Maine Companies for Form I-9 Violations

November 16th, 2012

ICE announces eight Maine companies were fined nearly $80,000 during FY2012 for various employment violations, based on over twenty audits and inspections of employers’ I-9 documents conducted in Maine by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

One of the first tasks for any employer should be to begin utilizing an intelligent electronic I-9 system to help reduce liability and to complete the process more efficiently.  Go to www.intelligenti9.com to learn about our smart electronic I-9 software and call us at (202) 234-0899 for a free demo.

Employers are required to complete and retain a Form I-9 for each individual they hire. This form requires employers to review and record the individual’s identity and employment eligibility document(s) and determine whether the document(s) reasonably appears to be genuine and related to the individual. Additionally, an employer must ensure that the employee provides certain information regarding his or her eligibility to work, on the Form I-9.

Fines in Maine in FY 2012 include:

“These settlements serve as a reminder to employers that HSI will  continue to hold them accountable for hiring and maintaining a legal and  compliant workforce,” said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of  HSI Boston. Foucart oversees HSI throughout New England. “We encourage  employers to take the employment verification process seriously, as we expand  the number of audits we are conducting throughout Maine each year. My  agency will continue to focus its attention on employers that are knowingly  employing illegal workers and will continue to target specific industries and  businesses known or alleged to hire illegals.”

Audits are increasing in number.  During FY 2012, HSI conducted 22 inspections of employers’ I-9 documents in  Maine. In previous years, HSI conducted 23 inspections in FY 2011, 11 in FY  2010 and five in FY 2009.