Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently sent an email to his employees announcing that Twitter employees may work from home permanently, even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Chances are that more and more tech companies and other industries are going to follow Dorsey’s lead considering the benefits on both sides. As working from home becomes the “new normal” for tech companies, what kind of impact will this have from a hiring and compliance standpoint?

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The I-9 form is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. The form must be completed by all US employers for every individual that they hire domestically. Both employees and employers are required to accurately complete the form. Failure to do so, or do so properly can result in an audit and/or fine.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, is the enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security that is responsible for conducting Form I-9 audits. Over the past few years, the number of ICE Audits has increased substantially. During the Bush Administration, ICE was conducting roughly 400 audits per year. Under the Obama Administration, that number increased to nearly 2,500. In 2018, under the Trump Administration, ICE audits more than doubled. As the country continues to tighten its belt on immigration, this number is expected to continue to exponentially rise.

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