THE LAW: Together, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 govern U.S. immigration policy.
For each new employee hired, U.S. employers must complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The I-9 establishes the employee’s identity and his or her legal work status. Employers may only hire people who are eligible to work legally in this country.
Failing to complete I-9 forms can lead to significant penalties. Download and print a current I-9 at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) web site.
WHAT’S NEW: The Obama administration has favored moving employers toward using the online E-Verify employment eligibility verification system developed by the USCIS.
E-Verify is mandatory for federal contractors and employers and voluntary for most private employers. Eleven states require all or some employers to use the system as well.
HOW TO COMPLY: The E-...(register to read more)