Use the Form I-9 to Verify an Employee's Work Eligibility and Identity

Key Points

  • With limited exceptions, all employers regardless of size, location or industry are required to verify an employee's identity and eligibility to work in the US. Therefore, employers must have a completed Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 for each employee hired.
  • As part of the Form I-9 verification process, an employee must provide certain documentation to the employer verifying his or her identity and employment status. However, an employer is prohibited from requesting specific documents from the newly hired employee.
  • If an employer fails to verify an employee's identity and eligibility for employment it could be subject to various penalties.

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