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I-9 and E-Verify Compliance, Flat Fee Assessment Service

What Employers Need to Know:


  • Government audits regarding the I-9 verification process have increased.

  • Employers may be subject to penalties if their I-9 records are incorrect, even if the entire workforce is lawfully authorized to work.

  • I-9 penalties can easily hit six or even seven figures (ex. Minnesota company fined $227,000 for deficient I-9 process, despite 100% lawfully authorized workforce; Washington orchard fined $2.25 million for deficient I-9 records and hiring undocumented workers).

  • No company can be too small to be subject to I-9 penalties (ex. Maine mom and pop convenience store with only two employees, both U.S. citizens, were subject to penalty for I-9 violations).

  • I-9 violations may also lead to criminal liability (ex. Iowa dairy farmer convicted in federal court for harboring illegal aliens for financial gain).

  • An improper I-9 verification process may lead to discrimination claims against the employer (ex. Nevada taxi company fined $445,000 for citizenship status discrimination in the I-9 process).

About the Compliance Assessment Legal Services:
The purpose of the Compliance Assessment Service at DeWitt LLP is to minimize the costs and risks associated with improperly completing the I-9 verification or the E-Verify process. A brief review of select I-9 records may reveal whether or not the company has been following the proper procedures. The assessment could spot common or systemic mistakes such as:


  • Using the wrong I-9 form version

  • Improperly completing Form I-9

  • Verifying incorrect types or combinations of documents

  • Failing to re-verify when required

  • Failing to properly maintain I-9 records

What Does the Compliance Assessment Include and How Much Does It Cost?
We offer this I-9 Compliance Assessment for a flat fee. The assessment will include:


  • Review of a limited portion of the employer’s I-9 forms and associated documents for purposes of identifying errors or recurring problems;

  • Our findings and recommendations;

  • A consultation (up to 30 minutes), to provide you with practical tips and information on how to avoid the traps and pitfalls of the I-9 verification and, where applicable, the E-Verify process.

If the assessment reveals the need for a more comprehensive internal audit, the additional review, if requested, will be billed separately at regular hourly rates.

NOTE: Conflict checks will be performed before an attorney client relationship is formed or advice can be provided.

For additional information regarding this service or the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and E-Verify, please contact Raluca (Luca) Vais-Ottosen at (608) 252-9291 or rvo@dewittllp.com, or contact your existing DeWitt attorney.

About the Author

Raluca Vais-Ottosen has assisted numerous clients with Immigration matters ranging from family-based and individual Immigration applications, to employment related visas and I-9 employment eligibility verification issues. In addition to her Immigration practice, she also has an extensive background in Employment Law. She assists companies in a number of areas, including but not limited to claims of workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation, termination and constructive discharge, workplace investigations by State and Federal agencies, as well as Employment Litigation.

Contact Luca by email or by phone at (608) 252-9291.

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