Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation (Krispy Kreme) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reached a settlement on Friday, July 3rd with respect to an audit of the company’s I-9 forms that began in 2007. Krispy Kreme was found to have employed individuals who did not have authorization to work in the U.S. and to have violated the Immigration and Nationality Act. Krispy Kreme agreed to pay a $40,000 fine and to put into effect a hiring policy that complies with immigration laws to ensure that future violations do not occur.
The I-9 audit of Krispy Kreme is in line with the federal government’s current approach to workplace enforcement. The focus has shifted from investigating the workers themselves to the inspection of employers’ hiring practices. As reported in our Business Immigration Monthly update on July 1st, the most recent part of this initiative resulted in ICE’s audit of 652 businesses - a record number of audits at any one time. It is imperative that an employer’s I-9 records be completed properly and accurately, particularly now that ICE has reshifted its focus to employers. Our firm offers I-9 review services to help ensure that companies are in compliance with U.S. immigration employment laws.