In light of the government’s recent I-9 Audit initiative, state farm bureaus in Washington and Oregon are planning I-9 training sessions to teach farmers and other seasonal employers the proper procedures for completing and retaining I-9 forms. Employment eligibility verification can be particularly challenging for seasonal employers who often rely upon foreign workers and experience high and frequent turn-over rates. According to Dan Fazio, the Director of Employer Services at the Washington Farm Bureau, at least one of his members received a notice of an audit this past month, which raises the stakes for all agricultural employers.
The Washington Farm Bureau web site reports that their scheduled August session is already sold out. The Oregon Farm Bureau has not officially announced their training, but interest parties can check out their web site.
Additional information and background of this story can be found in this article, as reported by the Associated Press.