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Free Seminar hosted by ICE in NY on 9/20: IMAGE Program Basics


On Tuesday, September 20th, ICE will be holding an information seminar regarding its employer protection and compliance program, known by the acronym IMAGE (ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers). The program aims to assist employers in discovering and avoiding fraudulent documentation in connection with their workplaces, as well as helping employers develop a more secure and stable workplace on the whole.  To become "IMAGE certified" employers will have to enroll in the government’s E-Verify program, establish a written hiring and employment verification policy that includes internal Form I-9 audits at least once per year, and submit to a Form I-9 inspection.  If employers satisfy all of these steps, ICE in turn promises to waive potential fines for substantive violations as long as they are discovered on fewer than fifty percent of submitted I-9s; mitigate fines if substantive violations prove to be present in more than fifty percent of submitted I-9s; forego I-9 inspection for another two years after an initial such inspection; and provide information and training before, during, and after inspections.  Beyond the abovementioned benefits available for enrolling in the IMAGE program, employers also benefit from public recognition of IMAGE certification, brand name protection, and avoidance of lawsuits or other legal actions arising from unauthorized employment. The seminar will take place specifically at Omni Berkshire Place at 21 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022.  ICE requests that those interested in participating in the seminar register at www.ice.gov/image 

For more information on I-9 compliance, I-9 audits and whether the IMAGE program may be advisable or even beneficial for your company, please contact me at vbrown@duanemorris.com  or 215 979-1840.
 
 
 
 
 

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