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Compliance Reminder: Florida Adds to Employer I-9 Obligations

Florida rang in the new year by implementing its own new E-Verify and Form I-9 documentation requirements. As of Jan. 1, 2021, Florida employers are required to retain copies of the identification and employment authorization documents presented by new hires in connection with the Form I-9 process that occurs during onboarding. While some companies may keep copies of I-9 documents as part of their existing process, the new law now makes it mandatory for companies to keep copies of I-9 documents.

Compliance with the law is required in order to do business in Florida. Florida employers must provide copies of Form I-9 supporting documentation if requested by Florida government officials. If found in violation, employers have 30 days to provide an affidavit confirming (1) that it has terminated all unauthorized employees in Florida, (2) that it will not intentionally or knowingly employ unauthorized workers in Florida, and (3) that it will comply with Florida’s I-9 documentation retention requirements. If the employer does not provide the required affidavit, its business license(s) will be suspended; repeated violations of the affidavit requirement may result in loss of business license(s).

Going forward, Florida employers should ensure they are keeping copies of Form I-9 documents provided by new hires during the onboarding process and that their HR policies reflect that they retain copies of Form I-9 documents.

Florida is not the only state that has its own I-9 and E-Verify requirements.

©2021 Greenberg Traurig, LLP. All rights reserved. National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 111
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About this Author

Rebecca B. Schechter, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Northern Virginia, Immigration Law Attorney
Of Counsel

Rebecca Schechter focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance, representing multi-national corporations and companies, as well as individual clients. She has experience with all areas of employment-based immigration, particularly H-1B, L-1, O-1 and E-2 petitions, as well as outstanding researcher petitions and labor certification applications. Rebecca regularly assists GT clients with global immigration matters, including business and work visas to countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. She also works on state and federal I-9 and E-Verify...

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