A new version of the I-9 Form (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) was updated and released July 2017. You were to begin using it by September 18, 2017.
The government takes employment eligibility seriously today, more than ever before. Organizations cannot risk mistakes or lack of knowledge on the laws pertaining to I-9 compliance. I-9 enforcement is increasing, and penalties can cost you up to $10,000 per employee. This past July the federal government confirmed the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to focus on civil and criminal investigations – a move that could triple the number of I-9 workplace audits conducted by the agency.
The new I-9 form is dated 7/17/17 in the lower left corner, and it replaces a version dated 11/14/2016. There is a paper form and an interactive PDF available. This new PDF still contains all the “smart I-9” features that were unveiled in the version released November 2016 to help employers reduce errors and complete the form more easily.