Employers will be required to use the newest version of the Form I-9 to verify the employment eligibility of their employees by September 18. The changes to the form mostly relate to the List of Acceptable Documents. The new form should be used when verifying the eligibility of new employees or re-verifying the eligibility of employees who have work authorizations with an expiration date. A link to the new form can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9.
The retention requirements for the new form have not changed. Employers must retain each employee’s completed Form I-9 for as long as the employee is on the payroll. Once an employee leaves the company, you must keep the form for either three years after the date of hire or one year after the termination date, whichever is later. Forms can be retained in paper, microform or elec-tronic format.