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Business Immigration Zone: I-9 Compliance Alert - DOJ Announces New Fines For Immigration, Employment Verification Violations

July 01, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice recently unveiled a rule that will increase possible penalties for unfair employment practices tied to immigration and employing undocumented individuals.

The minimum penalty for employing undocumented individuals will jump from $375 to $539, while the maximum will go from $3,200 to $4,313. Employers with multiple violations will face a new maximum penalty of $21,563 for unlawfully employing immigrants.

The new rule will also enhance paperwork violations related to I-9 verification documents, increasing the top penalty from $1,100 to $2,156. For unfair immigration-related employment practices, an initial violation could pose a new top penalty of $3,563 per charge.

The regulation takes effect on August 1, and the increases will apply to violations that took place after November 2, 2015. 

For assistance with employer-verification requirements and I-9 compliance, contact Brandon Davis at brandon.davis@phelps.com.

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