Key Points

  • Employers are required to verify an employee's identity and ability to work in the United States. Therefore, employers must complete and retain an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 (Form I-9) for each employee hired.
  • In addition to completing the Form I-9, employees must provide certain documentation to the employer verifying their identity and employment status. However, employers are not permitted to request specific documents from the employee.
  • If an employer fails to verify an employee's eligibility for employment it could be subject to various penalties. Therefore, employers should be proactive and develop a compliance program, which can be accomplished by enrolling in E-Verify.

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