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I-9 Verification for Remote Employees: What You Need to Know

Form I-9 E-Verify

The federal government requires all new hires to present documentation that proves they can legally work in the United States. For citizens that could be a passport, a driver’s license or Social Security card. Non-citizens have to show documents that prove they are in the country legally and that they have permission to work.

The Form I-9 has to be filled out properly and stored in case Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (ICE) show up at your business to conduct an audit—which is getting more and more likely these days.

Since 2009 I-9 audits have gone up nearly 2000%, and considering an average of 68% of the forms have errors, this is an issue employers really need to focus on. HR managers can easily get the Form I-9 filled out and filed away for local employees, but what about I-9 for remote employees?

Form I-9 Frequently Asked Questions - Part 3

Form I-9 E-Verify

All employers are required to complete and store a Form I-9 for each new employee hired to work in the United States. Although this Employment Eligibility Verification Form is mandated and enforced by the federal government, it remains the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the entire Form I-9 is properly completed and signed within 3 business days of the first day of work.  

Despite the form appearing simple on its face, our partners at I-9 Advantage tell us they receive countless questions about the Form I-9 and the rules surrounding its completion. The Screening News Network sat down with Corporate Immigration Counsel, Sathab Abbo, to shed some light on the questions they hear most.

Here is the conclusion of our 3-part I-9 FAQ discussion:

Form I-9 Frequently Asked Questions - Part 2

Form I-9 E-Verify

All employers are required to complete and store a Form I-9 for each new employee hired to work in the United States. Although this Employment Eligibility Verification Form is mandated and enforced by the federal government, it remains the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the entire Form I-9 is properly completed and signed within 3 business days of the first day of work.  

Despite the form appearing simple on its face, our partners at I-9 Advantage tell us they receive countless questions about the Form I-9 and the rules surrounding its completion. The Screening News Network sat down with Corporate Immigration Counsel, Sathab Abbo, to shed some light on the questions they hear most.

Here is Part 2 of our Form I-9 discussion:

Form I-9 Frequently Asked Questions - Part 1

Form I-9 E-Verify

All employers are required to complete and store a Form I-9 for each new employee hired to work in the United States. Although this Employment Eligibility Verification Form is mandated and enforced by the federal government, it remains the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the entire Form I-9 is properly completed and signed within 3 business days of the first day of work.  

Despite the form appearing simple on its face, our partners at I-9 Advantage tell us they receive countless questions about the Form I-9 and the rules surrounding its completion. The Screening News Network sat down with Corporate Immigration Counsel, Sathab Abbo, to shed some light on the questions they hear most.

Here is Part 1 of our I-9 FAQ discussion:

Tougher Consequences for I-9 Mistakes as Fines Rise

Form I-9 E-Verify

Today’s blog starts with a rags-to-riches, possibly back-to-rags story.

David Jones was one of 58 children born to a practicing polygamist living in abject poverty in Mexico. Jones left Mexico for America when he was 15 and supported himself doing drywall. He became invaluable to his employer, Ketchikan Drywall in Seattle. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Dor Reno, the owner of the company depended on Jones to provide hundreds of cheap laborers, but it turns out most of them were in the states illegally.

When Jones had a falling out with his boss, he moved across the country to the D.C. area and started his own firm, DJ Drywall. For years the company followed the same hiring practices. Prosecutors say 89 percent of the workers in the multi-million dollar firm were illegal.

Philly Restaurant Merger Highlights Serious Issue for the Industry

Form I-9 E-Verify

Amis and Pizzeria Vetri have huge followings in the Philadelphia area. In an effort to grow, the family that owns the eateries struck a deal with another Philly company, Urban Outfitters (URBN). The acquisition was a dream come true for chef and owner Marc Vetri, because suddenly he could focus all his energy on the food, while someone else worried about the day-to-day business headaches.

Mayor’s Arguments against E-Verify Don’t Make Sense

Form I-9 E-Verify

The other day I came across a short little article from Woonsocket, Rhode Island. First of all, we all just love the name Woonsocket and might have to come up with a reason to visit. But the cute name is not what caught my eye. The article was about the city council voting to start incorporating E-Verify into the city’s hiring process. The vote was 4 to 2, until Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said she absolutely won’t allow it.

Record-breaking Fines Levied Over Incomplete I-9 Forms

Form I-9 E-Verify

They plan huge fundraising galas and celebratory parades for sports heroes, but event planning expert Hartmann Studios, Inc. made some record breaking mistakes in their I-9 paperwork. The mistakes were so egregious that the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) ordered the company to pay an astounding fine that topped $600,000 for more than 800 mistakes.

Legislative Alert - June 25, 2015: I-9, Hair Tests and Banning the Box

Legislative Alerts, Drug Testing, Ban the Box, Form I-9 E-Verify

 

No Reporting Limits in Nevada

Consumer reporting agencies are now allowed to report criminal convictions from the state of Nevada that are more than 7 years old. Governor Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 409 which basically removes any time limitations on reporting criminal records. The bill also allows gaming operators and employers to do more thorough background checks on job applicants by allowing CRAs to reports bankruptcy information that is more than 10 years old. 

Texas Lawmakers Seek Penalties on Misclassification of Illegals

Form I-9 E-Verify

Are companies padding their bottom line by misclassifying workers as independent contractors?  Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) says this technique is used quite often, especially by construction companies.  She alleges they misclassify illegal immigrants so they don’t have to fill out the mandatory I-9 forms to prove an employee is legally allowed to work in the United States.