I-9 Consulting, Audit & Representation

Due to increased enforcement measures that are taken by various government agencies, it is more important than ever for employers to implement comprehensive and consistent hiring procedures. Many companies are government targets simply because of their industry’s employment of immigrant workers. The Firm assists clients with the increasingly complex landscape surrounding I-9 verification issues, including E-Verify participation and electronic recordkeeping, federal contractor compliance, anti-discrimination laws, and the legality of the various documents that employees may present to authorize employment in the United States. The firm frequently conducts internal audits and reports findings to measure client compliance, exposure to liability, and recommendations.  The firm can also provide training to Human Resources departments and develop policy.  Through audit work and consulting, the firm assists companies to prepare for government inspections and other immigration-related audits. The firm also provides representation during government worksite enforcement actions and can assist clients in negotiations to minimize fines and penalties.

When corporations acquire other companies, merge or branch off into new entities, there may be immigration issues to consider, including due diligence measures that are required by purchasing corporations. Often times when a corporate merger occurs, the business and management teams are more worried about the deal and less about the legality of transferring nonimmigrant and immigrant employees to the new successor company. It is very important for stakeholders to include immigration due diligence in their efforts to merge or consolidate companies. The attorneys at Deason Law are available to assist buyers or sellers conduct due diligence of the I-9 records and viability of the workforce. For example, we provide counseling regarding any government filings that need to be handled to ensure a foreign national can transfer their visa status or green card case to a new corporate entity.

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