As we’ve discussed in the two previous posts, the new I-9 for is required to be used by all employers by September 18, 2017.

Last month Panda Express was fined for improper reverifications –   a settlement agreement with Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. (Panda Express), a restaurant chain with over 1,800 locations.  A settlement to pay a civil penalty of $400,000 to the United States, establish a $200,000 back pay fund to compensate workers who lost wages due to the company’s practices, train its human resources personnel on the requirements of the INA’s anti-discrimination provision, and be subject to departmental monitoring and reporting requirements.

It was alleged that Panda Express unnecessarily required lawful permanent resident workers to re-establish their work authorization when their Permanent Resident Cards expired, while not making similar requests to U.S. citizen workers when their documents expired.

Lessons learned:

  • Be sure to check your verification processes
  • Be sure your practices are consistent
  • Be sure all your employees are trained

For more information, please look at other posts in our blog, on various topics.  And be sure to sign up for the free report on federal requirements that businesses need to be award of.  Please feel free to contact me for any further questions.