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Though it isn’t known at this time the total number of new investigations commenced in 2018, it is safe to speculate that employers have not seen a volume of audits and investigations in the workplace quite like this before.

Workplace enforcement actions ballooned in 2018, and employers across the United States experienced a significant increase in worksite audits from the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security. The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division has increasingly ramped up I-9 audits especially in non-technical industries where undocumented laborers are known to work—such as the agricultural, hospitality and construction sectors.

In addition, the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) within U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has significantly increased its on-site fraud investigations for H-1B employers. Site visits spiked in 2018 and FDNS now employs over 650 fraud investigators across the U.S. as part of the Trump administration’s enforcement initiative.

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