USA: Employers Must Use the New Form I-9

Effective from last month, employers must now incorporate the New Form I-9 into their onboarding processes.

The previous Form I-9 can no longer be used to verify the employment authorisation of new hires or to re-verify expiring employment authorisation.

What Is New?

The new Form I-9 includes additional instructions as well as additional completion pages. The new Form I-9 is also a “smart form” which, when completed online, includes helpful dropdown boxes, explanations, validations and automatically fills in the employee information at the top of Section 2/Page 2 (a common omission when the previous Form was released) and autofills “n/a” into fields that do not apply based upon other information entered into the form.  This functionality currently requires Abode Acrobat 8 or higher, so some users may find themselves in need of an update.

What Is Form I-9?

Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorisation of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All US employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States.

Our advice

Employers of foreign nationals in the US should review Form I-9 procedures and compliance.

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