Abercrombie & Fitch Fined
Abercrombie & Fitch agreed to a settlement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations last month. The specifics of the case have not been released, but it is known the fine was not related to the hiring of illegal workers. Instead, the ICE investigation was focused on problems with Abercrombie’s I-9 compliance. This is a significant development, and marks a dramatic change in the government’s enforcement of immigration regulations with employers.
“Employers are responsible not only for the people they hire but also for the internal systems they choose to utilize to manage their employment process and those systems must result in effective compliance,” said Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge of ICE HSI for Ohio and Michigan “We are pleased to see Abercrombie working diligently to complete the implementation of an effective compliance system; however, we know that there are other companies who are not doing so. This settlement should serve as a warning to other companies that may not yet take the employment verification process seriously or provide it the attention it warrants.”
The government has been ramping up enforcement of employment immigration laws, with a particular focus on insuring that companies are staying in compliance. The number of enforcement activities has increased dramatically in the past year. Now, more than ever, it’s important to insure that your company is ready in case of a government I-9 audit. And for the first time, it’s not enough to be in compliance. Each company must prove compliance, and if using an electronic system, use one that works in accordance with immigration laws.
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