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Drafting new I-9s after merger isn’t required

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Q. Our company merged with another company. Are we required to complete a new I-9 form for each employee who worked for the other company, or are these employees "grandfathered" in? —J. M.

A. Employers that acquire a business—through a corporate reorganization, merger or sale of stock—can retain the prior company's I-9 forms. You are not required to complete new I-9s for those acquired employees. Still, it may be prudent to complete new I-9s anyway. That's because your company may be liable if the old company made mistakes in the forms.  

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