ALERT: DHS Further Extends Flexibility on Form I-9 Requirements
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will further extend the agency’s flexibility, allowing employers to defer in-person Form 1-9 compliance, until March 31, 2021.
As a reminder, employers with employees taking physical proximity precautions due to COVID-19 (i.e. operating 100% remotely) do not need to conduct an in-person review of an employee’s identity and authorization documents. Instead, employers may inspect these documents by other means such as video link, fax, and/or email. You may review the announcement here.
COUNSEL TO MANAGEMENT:
While this is exciting news, employers should be aware that they are required to have written documentation of their remote onboarding and teleworking policy in place. Employers are also required to have all employees report to them within three (3) business days for an in-person review once normal operations resume. If you have any questions about complying with these requirements, contact the experts at The Saqui Law Group, P.C.