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by: Holly Novak
What might be the consequences of an I-9 mistake? There was a recent case involving an event planning company that was hit by an administrative judge for 818 Form I-9 violations and a fine of $818,000 which was later reduced to $605,250. What did they do wrong to deserve that fine?
For starters, the overwhelming number of violations charged against Hartmann involved the failure to sign sections 1 and 2 of the I-9 forms. These involve Employee omissions in section 1 (e.g., no signature, no check of box indicating type of employment authorization) and then Employer omissions in section 2 (e.g., no signature, no entry of document presented under List A or List B&C, no expiration dates of document(s) presented).
Another large number of violations came from the use of a self-made “three in one” form that purported to combo the Form I-9, the IRS Form W-4 and union dues authorization into a single form. Needless to say, the federal government does not look highly when you adjust their forms for your own purposes!
Other violations included the following:
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