In less than a week, employers are required to use the new I-9 Form to verify the identity and employment authorization of each employee hired in the United States. The revised I-9 Form takes effect May 8, 2013. Employers could face up to $1,100 per violation if they fail to meet the rules.
(USCIS) released the form on March 8, 2013 after making several improvements designed to minimize errors in form completion. The key revisions to Form I-9 include:
- Adding data fields, including the employee’s foreign passport information (if applicable) and telephone and e-mail addresses.
- Improving the form’s instructions to more clearly indicate what is required of the employee and employer in each section.
- Changing the layout of the form, and expanding the size from one to two pages (not including the form instructions and the List of Acceptable Documents).