Human Resource Management (04/01/16) Maurer, Roy
Although the current version of the Form I-9 expired on March 31, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says employers should continue using the form until the recently proposed "smart" I-9 goes into effect. The form is used to determine if workers are eligible to work in the United States. USCIS published a second round of proposed changes to the form in the Federal Register on March 28, and public comments will be accepted through April 27. The proposed changes aim to help employers avoid fines by reducing technical errors. Among other things, they call for validations on certain fields to ensure information is entered correctly, embedded instructions for completing each field, a dedicated area to enter additional information that employers currently are required to notate in the margins of the form, and the generation of a quick-response matrix barcode when the form is printed in order to streamline audit processes. Employers will continue using the current version of the form until the proposed version is approved and posted on the USCIS website.