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Updating HR documents and workplace policies is a good way for any business to start off the new year. In doing so, don’t overlook your Form I-9 files.  As Jaime Lizotte explains at, you can still be fined for sloppy I-9 records even if all of your workers are legally authorized to work here.

She suggests businesses conduct a self-audit to minimize fines and liability for immigration law violations. A self-audit allows you to identify problems and fix them quickly. She also explains what to do if you find a mistake or are inadvertently employing an undocumented worker.

“Completing the Form I-9 properly is the most important aspect of immigration compliance,” she writes. “When done correctly, your completed I-9 forms are your best proof of compliance—and your key defense against government fines and lawsuits.”

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