Consequences of Non-Compliance
If a company is found to be non-compliant for the Form I-9 process, consequences can vary. However, it is worth noting that violations are issued on each case of non-compliance that is found. If a business has multiple employees that are found to be non-compliant, the penalties can stack up quickly and produce devastating effects.
Criminal violations can be issued to companies with documented patterns of recruiting, hiring, or referring employees not eligible to work in the U.S. Civil violations tend to deal with hiring or continuing to hire an unauthorized alien, committing document abuse or fraud, discrimination, and more offenses.
Depending on the number of violations and the penalties that they carry, consequences could result in heavy fines, a loss of workforce, or possibly even the loss of a business license. Each of these situations can negatively impact a company’s bottom line and overall morale.