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Monday , April 23 , 2012
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US heat on Infy over job paperwork

New Delhi, April 22 (PTI): Infosys, which is embroiled in a legal battle for alleged violation of American visa norms, may face further heat as the US Department of Homeland Security is reviewing its employer eligibility after finding errors in identity verification forms of some of its staff.

In a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the company has said the homeland security department is reviewing its employer eligibility verifications, after it found “significant percentage” of errors in Forms I-9 of some of its employees working in the country.

Form I-9 is used by an employer to verify an employee’s identity and to establish that the worker is eligible to accept employment in the US. Every employee has to complete an I-9 form when they are hired.

“In the event that the security department ultimately concludes that our Forms I-9 contained errors, the department would likely impose fines and penalties on us,” Infosys said.

Failing to comply with Form I-9 requirements has a penalty of $110-$1,100 for each form. The company said it was unable to make an estimate of the range of loss it would suffer if found guilty.        

“In light of the fact that, among other things, the foregoing investigation and review are ongoing and we remain in discussions with the US Attorney’s Office regarding these matters, we are unable to make an estimate of the amount or range of loss that we could incur from unfavourable outcomes in such matters,” it said.