Employers’ Beware of New Form I-9 and Employment Eligibility Verification Rules

All US employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This form is used to verify the identity and employment authorization to work of all paid employees. It includes citizens and noncitizens. The form is not required for unpaid volunteers or for contractors.

You may not be aware that a new newly revised version of the I-9 was recently released. As of September 18, 2017, all employers must use the new form for all new employees and all eligibility reverifications.

Aside from cosmetic changes, the more significant revisions were made to Section C which covers documents that are acceptable to establish an employee’s employment authorization.

Failure of employers to use the new I-9 can be costly. An employer is subject to fines of over $2,000 per form. If anyone needs additional guidance in completing the newly revised form, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its Handbook for Employers M-274 which provides step-by-step guidance on how to complete the form in order to verify employment eligibility.