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I-9 Compliance Outreach Offered to Hawai‘i Employers, HR Professionals

December 29, 2011
The Maui Weekly

The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security will have representatives on Maui on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 9 and 10, to conduct outreaches for employers, business owners and human resource professionals regarding compliance with employment discrimination laws, the I-9 forms and all matters related to employment eligibility for migrants and immigrants.

The sessions will address immigrant employment issues, challenges of E-Verify, avoiding audits, how to handle non-confirmation letters, simplifying hiring eligibility issues and I-9 compliance. Attendees are welcome to ask questions.

"I have been trying to get them to come for several years now because there is a lot of confusion and misinformation in the community about how to avoid triggering an audit or a discrimination complaint," said Kevin Block, Immigrant Services coordinator for the Maui County Department of Housing and Human Concerns.

The Department of Justice enforces and prosecutes claims of unfair employment practices and Department of Human Services conducts audits of employers to make sure they are in compliance with the I-9 form.

"Both agencies will be here on Maui to conduct free, friendly, informational sessions to answer questions and help increase understanding of what is required by law," said Block. "They are not here to get anyone in trouble--they just want to share information and answer questions."

The Jan. 9 session will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Kaunoa Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St. in Lahaina. The Jan. 10 session is from 9 to 11 a.m. at Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO), 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku

For more information, contact Kim Harman at Faith Action for Community Equity at 375-9560.



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