The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an updated version of its I-9 Handbook for Employers. Among the notable updates, according to an Ogletree Deakins report, the handbook:
- Affirmatively states that employers should not begin the I-9 process until the person has accepted a job offer. Previously, the agency had merely indicated it did not recommend pre-employment I-9 processing (page 3)
- Confirms that the three business days the employer has to complete Section 2 of Form I-9 do not include the day of hire (page 3).
- Discusses how to handle employee name changes (page 19) and provides guidance on interruptions in employment, such as leaves, layoffs and mergers (pages 20-21).
- Includes a new chart for calculating I-9 retention periods (page 23).
You can download the full handbook (also known as the Form M-274) at www.uscis.gov/files/form/m-274.pdf.