Advertisement

July 25, 2014

New I-9 Form Required by May 8, 2013

Effective May 8, 2013, employers are required to use an updated version of the I-9 form when verifying employee work authorization. The new I-9s will not be required for previously verified employees, only new hires and employees requiring reverification. Failure to use the updated I-9 form following the implementation date may result in fines ranging from $110 to $1,100 for each incorrect form.

As many employers are aware, I-9 forms must be completed to document the identity and employment authorization of all new hires. Section 1 of the I-9 must be completed by the employee on the first day of employment, and Section 2 completed by the employer within three business days thereof. Section 3 (Reverification and Rehires) need only be completed by the employer when reverifying that an employee is authorized to work or when an employee is rehired within 3 years of the date the I-9 was originally completed.

Revisions to the new I-9 form are threefold: (1) new format, (2) clearer instructions, and (3) additional data fields.

  1. Format: The updated I-9 has a new two-page format, which should be easier for employers to use. The first page of the form relates to employee information and certification, while the second page consists of the employer verification and reverification.

  2. Instructions: Additionally, the updated I-9's instructions provide a more detailed explanation of the information required of employees and employers to properly complete the form.

  3. Data Fields: Finally, the new I-9 asks for several new pieces of information from employees, including email address, telephone number, and foreign passport information. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' request for additional employee contact information suggests that the agency may be more inclined to directly contact employees for information moving forward. Employees are not required to provide such information, however. The employee email address and telephone number fields are optional.

The updated I-9 form is available for download here.

© 2014 Schiff Hardin LLP

About the Author

Alexis Dominguez, Associate, Schiff Hardin Law Firm
Associate

Alexis Dominguez focuses his practice in a wide range of labor and employment matters.

312-258-5706

Boost: AJAX core statistics

Legal Disclaimer

You are responsible for reading, understanding and agreeing to the National Law Review's (NLR’s) and the National Law Forum LLC's  Terms of Use and Privacy Policy before using the National Law Review website. The National Law Review is a free to use, no-log in database of legal and business articles. The content and links on www.NatLawReview.com are intended for general information purposes only. Any legal analysis, legislative updates or other content and links should not be construed as legal or professional advice or a substitute for such advice. No attorney-client or confidential relationship is formed by the transmission of information between you and the National Law Review website or any of the law firms, attorneys or other professionals or organizations who include content on the National Law Review website. If you require legal or professional advice, kindly contact an attorney or other suitable professional advisor.  

Some states have laws and ethical rules regarding solicitation and advertisement practices by attorneys and/or other professionals. The National Law Review is not a law firm nor is www.NatLawReview.com  intended to be  a referral service for attorneys and/or other professionals. The NLR does not wish, nor does it intend, to solicit the business of anyone or to refer anyone to an attorney or other professional.  NLR does not answer legal questions nor will we refer you to an attorney or other professional if you request such information from us. 

Under certain state laws the following statements may be required on this website and we have included them in order to be in full compliance with these rules. The choice of a lawyer or other professional is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Attorney Advertising Notice: Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Statement in compliance with Texas Rules of Professional Conduct. Unless otherwise noted, attorneys are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, nor can NLR attest to the accuracy of any notation of Legal Specialization or other Professional Credentials.

The National Law Review - National Law Forum LLC 4700 Gilbert Ave. Suite 47 #230 Western Springs, IL 60558  Telephone  (708) 357-3317 If you would ike to contact us via email please click here.