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Trump, Immigration and Small Business Owners

Trump, Immigration and Small Business Owners

3 things you need to know to be ready for the Trump administration!

Today, January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn into office as President of the United States. While there are still a lot of unanswered questions about what President Trump will be focusing on and the changes he will make as President, there is little doubt that Immigration is important. With Immigration as a focus, there is a good possibility there will be more auditors to review your I-9 Forms and documents and along with that perhaps higher fines and penalties. The penalties were increase just last year but they could rise again. Here are 3 things I strongly suggest you do right away.

  1. There is a new I-9 Form that is available now and the one we have been using becomes obsolete on January 22, 2017! Download the new form – it is a “smart form” so you can even fill it out on line and then print it to sign and file. Here is the link to the form: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9. A couple of important things:
    1. You do not need to go back and complete the new form on current employees, only on employees you hire from this point on.
    2. One key change is that you must enter N/A on any fields that previously would have been left blank. – trust me, if you don’t you could incur penalties if audited.

 

  1. Make it a priority to audit your I-9 forms and make sure you have them completed, and completed correctly, on every employee you currently have.
  1. File them correctly so you do not open yourself up to a broader audit if you are audited. Do not file the forms in the individual personnel files – they must be filed separately in a notebook or separate file.

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