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DOJ increases fines for Form I-9 violations

I-9 penalties assessed after Jan. 29, 2018, have been adjusted for inflation.

Errors on Form I-9s, such as failure to check a box or enter a date, can now result in a monetary penalty between $224 and $2,236 per violation.

Previously, penalties ranged from $220 to $2,191.

Swelling fine totals, coupled with increased occurrences of I-9 audits, provide the opportunity for companies to potentially expose themselves to hundreds, thousands or potentially millions of dollars worth of fines for instances of I-9 noncompliance. Now more than ever, it is important that employers ensure that Form I-9’s are being completed accurately and on time for each new employee.

A full copy of the DOJ’s Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment can be found here.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, 1/29/2018

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