Following an investigation and audit of Form I-9 documents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), a Secaucus, N.J., company has been fined $625,000 for failing to comply with employment eligibility verification requirements.

HSI conducted a Form I-9 inspection of a clothing manufacturer that produces screen print and embroidery work. HSI conducted the audit after receiving an anonymous tip alleging that the company engaged in unlawful hiring practices related to the employment of illegal aliens.

The audit revealed violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and serious deficiencies with the company’s employment records. In March 2012, HSI issued a Notice of Intent to Fine (NIF) to the company and reached a final settlement in July 2012 for the amount of $625,000.

Employers are required to complete and retain a Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This form requires employers to review and record the individual’s identity and employment eligibility document(s) and determine whether the document(s) reasonably appears to be genuine and related to the individual. Additionally, an employer must ensure that the employee provides certain information regarding his or her eligibility to work on the Form I-9.