According to the Department of Homeland Security, the federal government has started its crackdown on businesses suspected of hiring illegal immigrants. Federal agents are expected to visit companies to verify employees’ identity and eligibility for employment in the United States. Documentation, such as Forms I-9 will be reviewed.
ICE is not expected to name the companies listed in its audit plans but may identify the specific sectors that will be targeted.
Companies should manage these audits carefully because there is a significant potential for the findings to result in identifying worker classification issues which may give rise to issues with the Department of Labor, IRS and state taxing authorities.
This article was co-authored by Heather Pesikoff and Jaremi Chilton.