EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE: Form I-9 and Your Business

On September 18, 2017, employers became required to use a revised Form I-9 with a revision date of July 17, 2017 N (7/17/17).

WHAT ARE THE REVISIONS TO THE FORM I-9?

Form I-9's revisions range from some non-essential word changes to renumbering all List C documents, except the Social Security card, and streamlining the certification process for nationals of certain foreign governments.  The List C document changes were necessary due to the U.S. State Department's updating of certification or report of birth documents.

CAN I DO THIS ONLINE?

Yes, employers can fill out the updated Form I-9 here and can even select the newly added Consular Report of Birth Abroad Form FS-240.  The Form FS-240 is issued to employees born outside of the United States to a parent that is a U.S. citizen.  E-Verify users can also use this form as well.  For more information on how to obtain a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240 Form), check out the state department's website here

WHAT IF I DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE NEW FORM 1-9?

That would be a bad idea.  The Federal government will find out and you will be responsible for paying significant fines.  For further information on compliance with this new form please check out the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Form I-9 desktop widget.  

*Note:  Nothing in this blog post establishes an attorney-client relationship and this post should not be construed to be legal advice.