Previously we discussed some of the changes recently implemented by the federal government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, namely the revisions made to Form I-9 compliance. With these changes, Form I-9 can be approved remotely versus the typical in-person.
While the changes do allow remote inspection of necessary identification documents required of new hires, it’s worth noting that the relaxed compliance extends only to remotely operated employers and workplaces. If workers are physically present at a workplace, inspection in person always needs to take place within three business days of hiring. With that in mind, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (which oversees Form I-9 enforcement) will examine compliance attempts by employers operating physical locations on a case-by-case basis, taking into account whether quarantine or lockout procedures have impeded the ability of the employer to comply with the provision for an in-person inspection.
Employers who received a departmental Form I-9 inspection notice during March 2020 were given an automatic 60-day extension to become compliant. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will decide whether further extension will be needed by the end of that time. Form I-9 enforcement laws and regulations and other immigration policies may continue to evolve rapidly in the next few weeks and months.
To read more, visit https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/alternative-form-i-9-compliance-65840/.
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