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Common Employer Mistakes in Handling I-9 Forms

Posted by: Karen Booher on September 21st, 2022

Violations assessed to employers for incorrect I-9 Forms can be very costly. Thanks to SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) for their recent article, compiling a list from various attorneys of common I-9 mistakes.

From Mira Mdivani, an immigration attorney in Overland Park, KS – her “Top Ten I-9 Mistakes”

From Greg Berk, an attorney with Sheppard Mullin in Orange County, CA

Employers should not accept a restricted Social Security card that says, “Not Valid Without DHS [Department of Homeland Security] Work Authorization,” Berk cautions.

From Kevin Lashus, an attorney with FisherBroyles in Austin, TX

Timing errors are the most common seen by Lashus:

From Yova Borovska, an attorney with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Tampa, FL

This is not a comprehensive list of I-9 handling errors. Employers are encouraged to obtain legal guidance for complicated I-9 situations.


SHRM’s HR Week, August 21, 2022. “Top 10 Mistakes in Handling I-9 Forms”, by Allen Smith, J.D., August 12, 2022. (Subscription may be required).

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