• New Form I-9 Is Mandatory Starting May 7, 2013
  • April 24, 2013
  • Law Firm: Hill Farrer Burrill LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new Form I-9 for verifying employment eligibility. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 to verify the employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States.
    After an initial grace period during which employers could use either the new or old Form I-9, use of the new form will be mandatory as of May 7, 2013. It is important that employers use the new Form I-9 because it contains a number of important changes from the previous form. Continued use of the old form could subject employers to fines of $110 to $935 per instance depending on non-compliance rate, and repeated offenses could result in higher fines. 
    Employers are reminded that the form must be completed by the first day of employment. However, employers are cautioned not to have a Form I-9 completed prior to the offer or acceptance of a job because such a practice could be viewed as possible evidence of discriminatory pre-screening of job applicants.