Reminder For All Employers-New Form I-9 Must Be Used On And After April 3

On and after April 3, 2009, employers must use the Department of Homeland Security’s new Form I-9. This new Form has a revision date of 02/02/09 (the revision date is printed on the lower right-hand corner of the form). A handbook is available which explains how to use the new Form.

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s website, all U.S. employers must complete and retain a Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens. An employer should not file Form I-9 with the Department of Homeland Security or any other government agency. Rather, the Form must be kept by the employer either for three years after the date of hire or for one year after employment is terminated, whichever is later. The Form must be available for inspection by authorized U.S. Government officials (e.g., Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Office of Special Counsel).