Immigration Penalties Increase Effective August 1, 2016

The Department of Justice has issued a new rule increasing penalties for I-9 paperwork violations, unlawfully employing unauthorized workers, and unfair immigration-related employment practices. The increase was triggered by the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act, which revised the formula for adjusting federal agency penalties for inflation. The increase applies to civil penalties assessed after August 1, 2016, for violations that occurred after November 2, 2015. The increases do not apply to violations that occurred on or before November 2, 2015. Additionally, they do not apply to penalties assessed prior to August 1, 2016, even if the violation occurred after November 2, 2015.

The new rule imposes substantial increases in penalties. For example, the penalty for a first offense of employing an unauthorized alien has increased from a range of $375 to $3,200 to a range of $539 to $4,313. The maximum penalty for the unauthorized employment of aliens has increased from $16,000 to $21,563 per alien.

More detailed information about the most significant penalty increases, see

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