The Kosciusko Attala Partnership is pleased to invite its community partners for a lunchtime workshop at its office led by Special Agent Stephen Cole of US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), noon on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
Special Agent Cole will lead brief presentations on the current I-9 form, the IMAGE program (learn more below or by following this link), and fraudulent documents, with open floor questions and answers to follow.
(Must RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do so by Monday, July 11 at 5:00pm. Lunch will be provided.)
With the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) in 1986, employers in the U.S. and its territories are required to hire only authorized workers. Employers are required to document their employees’ identity and work eligibility on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, within three days of hire. Violations of immigration law can expose employers to possible civil and criminal penalties.
Employers should recognize that unauthorized workers may attempt to secure a job by fraudulent means through the use of false documents and identity theft. Verifying your workforce will help you conduct business efficiently, legally and with integrity by mitigating the risks associated with employing unauthorized workers.
To minimize vulnerabilities that help unauthorized workers gain unlawful employment, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program in 2006. The goal of the IMAGE program is to reduce the employment of unauthorized workers through outreach, education and training.