Form I-9, also known as the employment eligibility verification, is one of the crucial verifications required to be conducted before considering an individual for employment. This is an essential requirement to ensure that the person is eligible to legally work in the USA.
So, every employee hired after Nov 6, 1986 must complete and submit the I-9 Form at the time of being hired. The employer is responsible for accurately completing Section 1 of the form at the start of employment if the period of employment is less than 3 days, or within 3 days; unless:
The employer has certain responsibilities and duties:
I-9 form submission is a requirement, it should not be considered as just another formality or redundant paperwork. Fines for incomplete or error-prone submissions can range from $110 to tens of thousands (should there be repeat errors in the submission.)
A periodic review and audit of the I-9s on file may also save a business from unnecessary penalties, and cannot be considered to be a wasted effort.
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