Federal law places an affirmative duty on employers to verify the identity and work authorization of all newly hired persons through completion of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 within three business days after the individual is hired.
Reminder: New I-9 Form Must be Used After May 7, 2013
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency has issued a new Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification. After May 7, 2013, all employers must use only the newly revised Form I-9 (expiration date 3/31/2016) for each new employee hired, or be subject to a civil penalty if audited. Download the new form and instructions at: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.
The new form requires additional data, and expands the form from one page to two. Employers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new format and instructions. The USCIS is conducting several free I-9 webinars to provide answers to any questions about the new form.
There is a Spanish language version of the new Form I-9 available for download at: Formulario I-9. However, please note that only employers and employees in Puerto Rico are permitted to use the Spanish-language form for employment eligibility verification purposes. Elsewhere, the Spanish language version can be utilized for only for reference to facilitate completion of the English language version of the Form I-9. Except in Puerto Rico, employers must complete and retain only the English language Form I-9.
For more information, email David Crump at NAHB or call him at 800-368-5242 x8491.
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