Workforce compliance with the U.S. I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form

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Since the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), employers are now required to verify that all newly hired employees present “facially valid” documentation verifying the employee’s identity and legal authorization to accept employment in the United States

The I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form is intended to validate identity and employment authorization in the United States of America for every employee hired by an organization after November 6, 1986 – both citizen and non-citizen.

Employers must ensure that the most recent version of the I-9 form is completed for each newly hired employee within the first 3 business days of the employee’s first day of work. Both employees and employers are required to complete the document with information pertaining to worker citizenship or alien registration status, and document review examination performed by the employer. Employers must then keep and store the completed I-9 form for 3 years, or one year after employment is terminated, whichever is later.

Enforced by Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the I-9 form must be made available by the employer for inspection by U.S. Government officials from the Departments of: Homeland Security, Labor, and Justice.

Failure to complete a form or other related violations and non-compliances for every employee may result in the substantial fines and prosecution of companies and hiring managers:

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