Associated Press (02/20/12)
An analysis of about 800 audits completed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement since October 2010 by the Houston Chronicle found that the agency imposed $1.8 million in fines. Around 50% of the 117 companies were penalized for errors in employment verification paperwork, not for hiring illegal immigrants. These paperwork errors account for about 33% of fines.
Small businesses complain that the audits are a “money grab,” but ICE says the bookkeeping fines are part of a strategy to ensure compliance with the law and deter companies from hiring illegal workers. According to ICE, many businesses do not complete I-9 Forms or retain copies of Social Security cards and other documents, making it hard to prove whether illegal immigrants were hired.
Inavero Announces Company Rebrand to ClearlyRated®
Inavero, a leading provider of client and talent satisfaction surveys and service quality research for staffing firms, has rebranded to ClearlyRated. The new corporate name for the longtime trusted satisfaction survey partner of ASA comes after a year of transformative change that included the launch of the ClearlyRated.com online service provider directory.