The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which conducts compliance audits of firms with federal contracts, has announced that it will no longer inspect I-9 employee eligibility forms during its visits. Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), OFCCP had previously verified I-9 compliance and reported violations to ICE.

Under its new strategic plan for 2010-2016, OFCCP intends to focus on issues over which it has direct enforcement powers, which it did not with the form I-9.

Meanwhile, ICE officials have announced that they will be sending out 500 to 700 notices of inspection (NOI) during the next few weeks as the agency continues its wide sweep of auditing businesses for I-9 compliance.

All employers must complete and retain I-9 eligibility forms on all employees to prove that their workforce has the legal right to work in the United States. I-9 compliance is a serious matter, so visit Personnel Concepts’ Web section on I-9 Compliance today for a variety of forms, posters, and guidance manuals to ensure your adherence to the law.