The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would once again provide relief to employers operating remotely due to COVID-19 precautions by extending the Form I-9 flexibilities until August 31, 2021.
The current extension applies to employees working exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19-related precautions. Those employees are temporarily exempt from the physical in-person inspection requirements associated with Form I-9 until they undertake non-remote employment on a regular, consistent, or predictable basis, or the extension of the flexibilities related to such requirements is terminated, whichever is earlier. Prior to April 1, 2021, the physical presence flexibilities did not apply if there were any employees physically present on-site.
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All employers are required to complete Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization of hired workers. Mistakes on this seemingly simple 2-page form can lead to hefty civil fines if an employer is hit with an I-9 audit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
ICE has quadrupled the number of I-9 audits issued between 2017 and 2019. Employer compliance is key to avoid I-9 civil fines for substantive paperwork violations, which range from $234 to $2,332 per violation. Fines for knowingly hiring or continuing to employ unauthorized workers range from $583 to $4,667 for first time offenses.
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Under federal law, U.S. employers are required to verify the identity and employment authorization of all hired workers. This verification process requires a new hire to complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification and submit certain documentation proving employment authorization. Proper employment verification helps ensure that employers do not fall victim to hiring or retaining “unauthorized” workers. It is crucial for employers to maintain strict compliance with all I-9 rules and procedures, especially as we see I-9 audit numbers dramatically increase under the Trump administration. Continue reading