The Department of Homeland Security has announced changes to the I-9 form.
The federal government’s I-9 form expired in August 2019, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is instructing employers to use the expired version until they release an updated form.The I-9 form is used to verify identity and employment authorization for people hired to work in the United States. Employers are responsible for making sure the I-9 form is completed correctly and within the first three business days of the first day of work for every new employee.
Below are three of the proposed revisions:
- Employers will be allowed to pick anyone to be an authorized representative to complete Section 2 of the form. However, employers will still be accountable for any violations committed by their designated person.
- Writing “N/A” or not applicable in unused identity-document columns will no longer be necessary.
- Form I-9’s List C documents used to prove employment authorization do not include a worker’s Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
We’ll stay on top of all updates to the I-9 form and integrate the new version into our onboarding system for clients as soon as it becomes available.
While these changes will not cause any additional action for employers, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We’re here to help!