What web resources can we use to make sure we are in compliance with I-9 rules?

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Q. Our company needs guidance on keeping up with our obligations with regard to employment eligibility. What resources are available?

A. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently launched a new online resource providing employer and employee guidance relating to the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form.

“I-9 Central” (www.uscis.gov/I-9Central) provides employers with information relating to I-9 completion, examples of acceptable documents and I-9 retention and storage guidance.

Employers also can pose questions through a toll-free number and via email.

The new site provides much of the same information found in the Form M-274 Handbook for Employers, an essential resource for I-9 guidance. I-9 Central provides employers with an alternative way to access I-9 information and also with the opportunity to pose questions not otherwise answered.

USCIS has also rolled out E-Verify web site content in Spanish. (Direct employees to www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis-es.)

Perhaps the most important feature now in Spanish is instructions for employees on how to resolve a tentative nonconfirmation (TNC)—which means E-Verify was unable to match employee information with its database of employment-authorized persons.

TNCs occur in approximately 3% of all E-Verify inquiries. When that happens, employees commonly need to visit a Social Security Administration office to resolve any discrepancy.

The new web site content will be a valuable resource for Spanish-speaking employees that need to resolve TNCs.

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