Employers must use new I-9 form; 'no-match' rule to be revised

According to the Bizjournals.com website and the Business Review newsweekly, employers must begin using a revised I-9 work eligibility verification form for new employees by December 26, 2007. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service revised it to update the types of documents that can be used.

"The new form also instructs employees that they don't have to include their Social Security number on the form unless they used their Social Security card as evidence of their work eligibility or unless their employer participates in the E-Verify program. Employers in this voluntary program electronically check a new worker's Social Security or visa number against government databases."

In other employer news from the US government, the Department of Homeland Security plans to revise its new regulation that would require employers to fire employees if they can't resolve discrepancies between the Social Security numbers submitted by workers and government records. "The Justice Department asked a federal court in San Francisco to put a lawsuit challenging the regulation on hold until next March, after DHS issues a revised regulation.

"The revised rule will include an analysis of its impact on small businesses. DHS initially contended the analysis was not needed because the rule would not have a significant economic impact on small businesses. Business groups, backed by the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, disagreed. They cited the government's failure to conduct a small business impact study when they joined a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the AFL-CIO challenging the regulation."

For more information about the new I-9 form, see http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis; use the Search feature and type in I-9, since there seems to be no specific link to this location. For more information about the matching Social Security numbers lawsuit, see http://www.aclu.org/immigrants/workplace/31643res20070829.html.


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