It is remarkable that a seemingly simple, one-page form—the Form I-9—can cause so many headaches. But who says government forms are easy, much less an immigration-related form?
A quick primer: The Employment Eligibility Verification form is meant, as its title describes, to verify the employment eligibility of an employee through his or her identity and work authorization documents. The form must be completed and maintained for all employees (citizens and noncitizens), and employers must have an I-9 for all employees hired after Nov. 6, 1986.
Completion of the Form I-9 is mandatory, unlike participation in the electronic E-Verify program, which is only mandatory for certain employers such as federal contractors.
Here are the most common mistakes employers make:
1. Using an outdated version of the I-9. A new version was released in 2009. You’ll find an edition or revision date in the lower right corner of the form. Currently,...(register to read more)