Form I-9 Fines Raised for 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released new increased fines for Form I-9 penalties, in accordance with annual inflation. The new fines will be effective for penalties assessed after June 17, 2020 for associated violations which occurred after Nov. 2, 2015.

The minimum fine per individual for paperwork or technical violations increased from $230 to $234, while the maximum fine increased from $2,292 to $2,332. Fines for knowingly hiring or continuing to employ unauthorized workers went up as well. The range for a first offense went from $573-$4,586 to $583-$4,667.

ICE issued a 2008 memorandum which required its agents to follow specific procedures for calculating I-9 paperwork, hiring or continuing-to-employ fines.

Employers can avoid big fines by developing a comprehensive I-9 compliance program, which should include training, self-audits and an investigation-day action plan.