While the new administration has announced its intentions to cut regulations back as much as possible, one area where it seems likely to encourage more regulation and scrutiny is immigration. President Trump’s exact immigration agenda is still taking shape. However, it seems likely that efforts will be made to tighten H1-B regulations and spend more time on I-9 compliance enforcement.
In this recurring DHR blog feature, Christine La fore (Associate General Counsel for DHR) brings clarity and definition to sometimes confusing terms that hold importance for employers and their HR policies. Christine has reviewed and analyzed countless legal documents and rulings and uses her expertise to help employers properly understand these items to apply policy and promote compliance.
In 1986 in an effort to control illegal immigration, Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). IRCA forbids employers from knowingly hiring individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States. To comply with the employment eligibility requirements, employers are required to verify the identity and employment authorization documents and complete and retain a Form I-9 for each employee hired after November 6, 1986. The Form I-9 is published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services.
I-9 Compliance: Review the Updated Form I-9 and Prepare for the Approaching Deadline
Discuss changes made to the updated Form I-9, review key areas to ensure proper completion, and best practices for document storage/retention.
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.