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Eileen M.G. Scofield, Counsel, Alston & Bird, LLP to Speak at The Knowledge Groupís Event

New York, NY, January 18, 2017 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Eileen M.G. Scofield, Counsel, Alston & Bird, LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Understanding Form I-9 Violations: Reducing Risks and Ensuring Best Practices for Employers in 2017 Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to 5:00 (ET).

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About Eileen M.G. Scofield

Eileen Scofield has more than 30 years of experience concentrating on immigration law and related legal matters for U.S. and foreign-based companies and individuals. To facilitate the fluid movement of key people and corporate knowledge, she provides global transfer and investment guidance. Eileen manages thousands of immigration cases per year for hundreds of employers from hundreds of countries. In addition, she is a nationally recognized expert in the area of employment verification (Form I-9, E-verify, Discrimination), and has not only litigated such matters at OCAHO, but, she and her team have successfully managed more than 40 US Department of Homeland Security (ICE), U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Justice, investigations. She has managed both federal and state subpoenas, internal audits and employment verification, immigration related discrimination, fraud, FCPA, ITAR, export control, TSA, and other related matters, including in the M&A context. Regularly, she provides compliance guidance and employment-related immigration training to human resource, administrative personnel, legal staff, trade groups, etc. for major companies and organizations. High-net-worth individuals, global families, ex-pat and other individuals regularly seek her international/immigration related tax & estate support. Finally, she regularly meets with legislators on key legal issues.

About Alston & Bird, LLP

Alston & Bird is a leading national law firm whose core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focuses that include financial services, technology, health care, manufacturing, life sciences and energy. The firm has built a reputation as one of the country’s best employers, appearing on Fortune magazine’s ranking of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” 17 consecutive years, an unprecedented accomplishment among law firms in the United States. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Research Triangle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.

Event Synopsis:

Implementing the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 or Inflation Adjustment Act, the US Departments of Justice (DOJ), Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) have made a significant increase in civil fines for immigration-related offenses committed by employers. The new penalties, which went into effect last August 1, 2016, are applicable to violations occurring after November 2, 2015. The largest increase in fines involves Form I-9 violations, from $110 – $1,100 per violation to $216 – $2,156.

The increased fines only demonstrate the government's continued efforts on enforcing federal immigration laws. To avoid steep financial liability, employers should ensure that they have a comprehensive Form I-9 compliance policy in place. It is also wise to periodically conduct an internal audit to remediate errors and lessen the severity of the Form I-9 violation fine.

In this two-hour live Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders organized by The Knowledge Group will help employers understand the significant aspects of this topic. They will provide an in-depth discussion on how to reduce risks and ensure best practices in light of the harsher penalties for Form I-9 violations.

Key topics include:
· Overview of Employment Eligibility Verification
· Revised I-9 Form and Requirements
· Recent Guidance on Electronic Form I-9 Systems and Internal Audits
· Compliance and Risk Issues
· Common Form I-9 Violations and Mistakes
· Form I-9 Adjusted New Penalty
· Best Compliance Practices

About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Congress was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit:
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