Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently sent an email to his employees announcing that Twitter employees may work from home permanently, even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Chances are that more and more tech companies and other industries are going to follow Dorsey’s lead considering the benefits on both sides. As working from home becomes the “new normal” for tech companies, what kind of impact will this have from a hiring and compliance standpoint?
On May 1st, 2020, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yet another temporary Form I-9 policy in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently added a dedicated Q&A webpage to their site to address the new temporary Form I-9 and E-Verify policies that have been implemented because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, something has changed. Actually, many things have changed, but one word has emerged and grabbed the attention of employers and employees across nearly every industry in the global economy - Remote.
Business leaders are focused on markets and the Coronavirus--as they should be--but they also need to be aware of another looming deadline at the end of April when the prior version of the I-9 form--which is the most fined government form and is required for all legally employed workers--becomes obsolete.
Despite the spread of COVID-19 halting a lot of businesses, companies like Amazon and grocers such as Albertsons, Kroger and Raley’s are hiring.
The I-9 form is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. The form must be completed by all US employers for every individual that they hire domestically. Both employees and employers are required to accurately complete the form. Failure to do so, or do so properly can result in an audit and/or fine.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, is the enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security that is responsible for conducting Form I-9 audits. Over the past few years, the number of ICE Audits has increased substantially. During the Bush Administration, ICE was conducting roughly 400 audits per year. Under the Obama Administration, that number increased to nearly 2,500. In 2018, under the Trump Administration, ICE audits more than doubled. As the country continues to tighten its belt on immigration, this number is expected to continue to exponentially rise.
As a staffing agency, it's important to understand the basics of the Form I-9. Do all new hires require a Form I-9? When should the form be completed and how long do we need to store completed forms? When it comes to employment eligibility for staffing agencies, there are many questions to be answered.