The Quest to Ask the Right I-9 Questions


Maxiel Gomez's article, “The Quest to Ask the Right I-9 Questions,” was published by Workforce Magazine on March 23, 2012.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employers to verify the employment eligibility of employees and imposes significant penalties for the employment of unauthorized workers.

The challenge for employers is that they may neither ask too many questions nor too few. Failing to ask for enough information exposes employers to penalties under the act. Asking impermissible questions about an employee’s ethnic heritage or national origin exposes employers to damages under the discrimination laws. With the number of government investigations steadily increasing, what should employers do to strike the proper balance?

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