U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began serving Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to over 500 businesses nationwide on September 15, 2010. The NOIs require in-person inspection of I-9 employment verification forms and payroll documentation. Targeted employers are given three business days to prepare for a meeting with federal officials for review of the requested documentation.

According to ICE, the 500-plus businesses targeted in this round of ICE I-9 audits were selected as a result of specific leads and information regarding allegations of hiring unauthorized workers, exploiting workers and paying unfair wages. Fines for uncorrected technical and substantive errors on the forms range from $110 to $1100 per form. Higher fines apply for knowing employment of unauthorized workers. Even if you do not receive a NOI in this round, we recommend that you take this opportunity to conduct an audit of your I-9 compliance.