Updated July 2013
Our attorneys can help your business ensure that it is complying with its I-9 obligations and respecting its employees’ rights. We conduct on-site audits of business I-9 practices, conduct training and advise employers about effective policies for addressing social security and other government inquiries.
Article by Maria E. Andrade, A problem worth looking for: Immigration Related Employer-Investigations, Sanctions and Protection Plans,” The Advocate, official publication of the Idaho State Bar, vol. 51, issue (6/7), pages 19-25, June/July, 2008 (co-author, Hans C. Meyer).
EMPLOYERS MUST USE I-9 WITH 03/08/2013 REVISION DATE
The I-9 form received another face lift on March 8, 2013. Employers must use the new I-9 form by May 7, 2013 or face the possibility of penalties. Visit USCIS’s I-9 Central page for more information on completing the I-9 form, documents employers may accept, employee rights, and more.
NEW EMPLOYER HANDBOOK RELEASED
The USCIS released a new Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (Book M-274) with an April 2013 revision date. The handbook discusses employer compliance, includes example documents and other guidance.
FEDERAL CONTRACTORS AND E-VERIFY
On July 8, 2009, Secretary Napolitano declared that all federal contractors and subcontractors must use an electronic verification system known as “E-Verify” as a condition of work under federal contracts. This rule went into effect on September 8, 2009 on all federal solicitations and contract awards. Click here for more information about the E-Verify program. USCIS has also published an E-Verify User Manual for Federal Contractors.
I-9 TIPS FOR EMPLOYERS
Over the last few years, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has issued hundreds of I-9 audit notices to employers accross the country. Click here for a list of tips for employers who have received I-9 audit notices form attorney Carl Shusterman. Recent guidance for responding to an I-9 Audit prepared by the American Immigration Lawyers Association Verificationand Documentation Liaison Committee can be found here.