As a business owner, we know it is important to not only complete the I-9 form, but to do it correctly. One way to ensure that the form is completed correctly, is to have the most up-to-date version. Here is what you need to know.
As of today, January 31, 2020, there is a new form that employers should begin using immediately and are required to use after April 30, 2020. Fortunately, the changes are minimal, but it is vital that employers use the correct form for employees that begin work after today.
What are the changes?
- On the electronic form, the Country of Origin and Issuing Authority fields have been revised to now include Eswatini and Macedonia, North.
- Clarification is provided as to who can be considered an authorized representative, which is any person an employer designates to complete and sign Form I-9 on the employer’s behalf.
- Acceptable documents that employees can present for verification of work authorization have been further clarified.
- The USCIS website addresses have been updated on the form.
- Instructions were added on how to obtain a paper form:
- Via the USCIS website at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9
- Via direct request from USCIS
We all know how important it is to make sure I-9s are done right and it all starts with making sure we are using the most up-to-date form. Don’t forget, the new form has been released today (version October 21, 2019). You will no longer be able to use the old form after April 30, 2020.
If you have any questions about the update or would like an I-9 audit to ensure your business is compliant, do not hesitate to contact Willis HR at 803-714-3715 or [email protected]