How to Strategically Approach I-9 Compliance and Avoid or Reduce Potential Fines, Penalties & Discrimination Claims
This session will address the challenges of maintaining I-9 compliance, especially for remote workers, and will also address ways to avoid common national origin discrimination claims that can occur during the recruiting and interviewing process. We will discuss the current Covid-19 accommodations by the DHS, which allow for remote inspection of identity and eligibility documents, and how to maintain compliance when these accommodations sunset on July 31, 2023. The session will emphasize the importance of proper documentation, including common mistakes in completing I-9 forms accurately, maintaining records, and the importance of implementing written procedures and policies. Attendees will also learn about electronic I-9 software, contract considerations, and the potential impact of E-Verify and new legislation on employer obligations. We will also discuss proper questions to ask in determining whether a potential new hire requires sponsorship and how to avoid related discrimination lawsuits. Attendees will gain valuable insight into how to avoid costly fines and penalties and ensure good faith compliance with DHS regulations.
Danielle H. Gotcher
Global Immigration Partners
Danielle has been practicing law since 2005, and is the co-owner and managing partner of Global Immigration Partners (GIP) in Agoura, CA. She practices exclusively in immigration law, with expertise in business immigration and employment-based immigration matters. She provides employers, business owners, investors, and foreign students with immigration solutions, experienced legal advice, and hands-on support. Her firm also handles family-based immigration matters and corporate compliance (I-9 Audits & E-Verify). Danielle specializes in the Labor Certification (PERM) process, employment-based green card sponsorship petitions, worksite enforcement (I-9), and compliance issues.
A graduate of Boston University, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, both awarded Magna cum Laude. Prior to law school, Danielle was selected to work in the White House, serving in the Office of Communications and Press for Vice President Gore. She earned her law degree from Southwestern University in Los Angeles and is admitted to practice law in the State of California and the Central District of California. She has been invited to speak at numerous HR professional conferences and has been selected as an expert for panels and seminars at attorney conferences and continuing education courses.
Danielle was born and raised in Southern California, and she lives in Thousand Oaks, CA with her husband and daughter.
Additional Event Details
7:20 AM Registration & Networking
7:30 AM Breakfast & Introductions
7:45 AM Legal Update
8:00-9:00 AM Program and Q&A