The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued the long-awaited update to the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This new form includes revisions which are designed to help employers reduce technical errors. Additionally, the USCIS has modified the electronic features of the form to promote electronic completion. For those completing the form electronically, instructions for each field is available by clicking a question mark in the box and many fields now include boxes with drop-down lists and calendars. The Form I-9 remains two pages, and has a revision date of November 14, 2016.
USCIS has provided a 60-day transition for employers to become familiar with the new I-9 form. Therefore, while you can start using the new form immediately, you actually have until January 22, 2017 before you will be penalized for not using it. As a reminder, the new form should only be used for newly hired employees, not current employees (assuming all current employees already have a properly completed Form I-9 on file).
PLEASE NOTE: Although the new form provides conveniences to complete electronically, it does not meet electronic recording keeping requirements and still MUST be printed and stored in original paper form.