Employers, Be Sure To Use the Updated Form I-9 to Avoid Fines from the USCIS

Marisa Powers - Bradenton Attorney

Marisa J. Powers, Esq., Business Litigation and Labor and Employment Law

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated Form I-9 which is used for verifying employment eligibility authorization of new hires.  Currently, employers should be using the updated form as the grace period is over, and employers can face fines between $110 and $1,100 per infraction for any employees hired after May 7, 2013.  The updated Form I-9 is longer and hopefully will clear up any confusion as to the sections of the form that the employee fills out versus the employer sections.  In addition, the form now includes optional email and telephone fields, more defined signature lines, and individual sections for Social Security Numbers to help prevent fraud.  Finally, the guide to completing Form I-9, Form M-274, has been updated as well and is a useful resource for completing the Form properly.

Forms I-9 and M-274 can be found online at www.uscis.gov/I-9. Our Labor and Employment and Immigration Law groups are available to consult with you if you have any questions regarding the updated Form I-9.