By Jennifer Jacobus, PHRca, SDEA Director of HR Services
Hopefully the one thing NOT keeping you awake at night is the fact that the current I-9, dated 10/21/ 2019, is due to expire at the end of this month, 10/31/2022.
The USCIS has recently stated that, while they work on changes to the current form, employers should continue to use the 10/21/2019 form “until further notice”.
New changes to the form we say? Yes, again. Although USCIS is stating that this changes will be minor, they would include but are not limited to: (1) compress Sections 1 and 2 from two pages to one page; (2) change Section 3 to a Reverification and Rehire Supplement that provides three separate areas to enter reverifications and rehires; (3) employers would only print and use the supplement as needed, further reducing paper use and storage burdens on employers; and (4) update the List of Acceptable Documents to include a link to List C documents issued by DHS and the acceptable receipts listed in 8 C.F.R. 274a.2(b)(1)(vi);
The good news is that the DHS is proposing to permanently allow optional alternatives for examining the documentation presented by individuals seeking to establish identity and employment authorization for purposes of completing the Form I-9 that would be similar to the flexibility being temporarily allowed due to COVID-19 health emergency. That will make I-9 verification a lot easier for remote employees!
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