U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the issuance of Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 1,000 employers across the U.S. whose businesses are connected to public safety and national security on November 19, 2009. The NOIs alert business owners that ICE will audit their hiring records to determine compliance with employment eligibility verification laws. Specifically, the audits will involve a comprehensive review of Form I-9s (Employment Eligibility Verification Form). All employers are required by law to complete and retain a Form I-9 for each employee. The purpose of Form I-9 is to document that each employee is authorized to work in the U.S. based on a verification that the person’s identity and employment authorization documentation reasonably appears to be genuine and relates to the employee.

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