Employer Immigration Compliance in an Era of Heightened Enforcement and Increased Criminal Investigations

Strategies for Managing Risk, Ensuring I-9 Compliance, Responding to ICE Notices of Inspection and Surviving Audits

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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This CLE course will prepare counsel to employers to meet Form I-9 requirements in the face of a sharp increase in both U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audits and criminal investigations targeting worksite immigration compliance. The panel will outline their perspectives on how counsel can support and guide business clients to comply with immigration laws and I-9 Form requirements to avoid substantial penalties, criminal prosecution and lawsuits.


ICE investigations of employer immigration compliance and practices continue to rise, with civil penalties and criminal fines exceeding $51 million in 2014. Adding to the high risk atmosphere, ICE is stepping up re-audits, conducting more criminal investigations and significantly increasing referrals to other agencies such as the Justice Department.

Employers must establish policies and practices for ensuring compliance with I-9 eligibility requirements to avoid sanctions or penalties for errors or violations. All employers have immigration compliance obligations and even inadvertent technical errors can result in substantial penalties. Employers also need expert guidance on responding to notices of inspection and successfully navigating ICE audits.

Listen as our panel of immigration and employment law attorneys offers expert guidance on the current enforcement environment and provides practical strategies for complying with immigration laws and avoiding penalties, criminal prosecution and lawsuits.



  1. ICE enforcement initiatives and trends
  2. Form I-9 mechanics
  3. Risk mitigation and due diligence
  4. Responding to NOIs, audits
  5. Penalties and sanctions


The panel will discuss these and other important issues:

  • What current enforcement efforts are underway to curb the employment of undocumented workers?
  • What penalties do employers face if found to have violated the rules and regulations governing the employment of foreign workers?
  • What are some best practices to ensure compliance with federal and state immigration laws?


Mary E. Pivec
Mary E. Pivec

Ford & Harrison

Ms. Pivec has more than 30 years experience advising employers on immigration and employment issues. Her immigration...  |  Read More

Jennifer G. Roeper
Jennifer G. Roeper

Shumaker Loop & Kendrick

Ms. Roeper practices in the firm's Immigration Practice Group. She handles all aspects of immigration law...  |  Read More

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