The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer doesn’t mess around. It recently found that employer, Hartman Studios, Inc., violated the Immigration Reform Act a whopping 808 times by failing to properly complete Form I-9s for its employees. OCAHO decided to make an example out of Hartman by assessing a significant $605,250 total penalty. Hartman contested the penalty, claiming they acted in good faith after learning of their noncompliance. But OCAHO looks primarily to an employer’s actions before U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issues a Notice of Inspection, not after. Of course, conducting regular Form I-9 records audits and taking steps to ensure that your company is in compliance with the Immigration Reform Act can help prevent or reduce future fines if ICE ever comes knocking at your door.