I-9 Compliance and Defense
Immigrants are not the only ones affected by strict immigration rules. Employers in the U.S. often face serious legal challenges related to hiring immigrant employees.
At Cofman & Bolourtchi, LLC, our attorneys have over 30 years of employment and immigration law experience. We address our business clients' unique concerns while keeping a strong focus on the immigration implications of their actions.
Whether you are in the initial hiring stages, need assistance defending against an I-9 audit or need general guidance regarding immigration compliance, we can provide the experienced, dedicated representation you need.Preemptive Steps for Employers
I-9 audits generate millions of dollars for the federal government. In fact, simple mistakes such as leaving a section of the I-9 form blank can lead to steep fines for businesses. Inaccurate information on the form can even lead to criminal charges.
It is critically important to properly complete the employee documentation process properly the first time around. We assist employers with proper completion of the I-9 compliance process to prevent legal problems in the future.Successfully Defending Businesses When Immigration Issues Arise
If the government decides to audit your company, you should contact an experienced immigration defense lawyer as soon as possible. Do not wait until high fines and criminal charges have already been filed against you.
When facing steep civil penalties and potential criminal charges, experience matters. We have the experience and knowledge to work with and negotiate with the government. We bring both employment law and immigration law experience to businesses needing assistance with I-9 requirements and audits. We have extensive experience defending companies in industries such as:
Whether you are in the initial stages of an I-9 audit or you have already been charged with knowingly employing an unauthorized immigrant, we can protect your rights.Training to Avoid Pitfalls Related to Hiring Immigrants
Employers must walk a fine line when hiring immigrants. On the one hand, lenient hiring processes can lead to I-9 audits. On the other hand, strict vetting of immigrant employees can lead to discrimination lawsuits.
We provide training to help employers find the right balance when hiring immigrant workers. We offer extensive training regarding:
- Verifying Social Security numbers and workers' eligibility
- Interviewing immigrant employees
- I-9 completion procedures
We are well situated to handle every aspect of the I-9 process to preemption to defense to training employers. Call (314) 863-3838 or contact us online to schedule an appointment to discuss how we can help you protect your Missouri business.