DHS increases civil monetary penalties for inflation

30 Jun 20

UNITED STATES

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its annual regulation that increases civil monetary penalties for inflation.

Key points:

  • Most civil penalties will increase by less than 2%. Relevant increases for employers are the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification inspection violation penalties. Civil penalties imposed on employers who knowingly hire, recruit, refer or retain unauthorized workers will increase from a range of $573-$4,586 per worker to a range of $583-$4,667 for a first offense. Fines for Form I-9 paperwork violations will increase from a range of $230-$2,292 to $234-$2,332.
  • The new amounts apply to penalties assessed after June 17, 2020 for violations that occurred after Nov. 2, 2015.

BAL Analysis: Employers should be aware of the increases in civil penalties and conduct regular reviews and audits of their Form I-9 procedures to ensure they are in compliance with their legal obligations.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@balglobal.com.

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