As a follow-up to the Western Roofing Expo seminar “Top 5 Immigration Issues for Roofers” Cotney Construction Law/WSRCA Legal Advisor Trent Cotney is releasing the USCIS Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification to WSRCA members, as well as a helpful checklist. Employers are required to have Form I-9 on file for all employees, whether they are U.S. citizens or not.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, federal law requires every employer that recruits, refers for a fee or hires an individual for employment in the United States must complete a Form I-9.
This is required for citizens and non-citizens. On the form, an employee must attest to his or her employment authorization. The employee must also present his or her employer with acceptable documents evidencing identity and employment authorization. The employer must examine the employment eligibility and identity document(s) an employee presents to determine whether the document(s) reasonably appear to be genuine and to relate to the employee and record the document information on the Form I-9.
The list of acceptable documents can be found on the last page of the form. Employers must retain Form I-9 for a designated period and make it available for inspection by authorized government officers.
The updated form replaces a version that was issued in 2016. The new form expires on Aug. 31, 2019.
• Download the I-9 Form Here
• Download the I-9 Checklist Here
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