New I-9 form issued by Department of Homeland Security

What do I need to know about Form I-9?

With a new Form I-9 issued, it is a good idea to review the purpose of it and the requirements as an employer.

The Form I-9 is used to help employers verify individuals who are authorized to work in the United States. A form should be completed for every employee that is hired. Employers are required to:

1.      Ensure that your employees fill out and sign Section 1 of the form when they start to work

2.      Review document(s) establishing each employee’s identity and eligibility to work

3.      Properly complete and sign Section 2 of the form

4.      Retain the Form I-9 for 3 years after the date the person begins work or 1 year after the person’s employment is terminated, whichever is later

5.      Upon request, provide Form I-9 to authorized officers of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), or the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) for inspection.