COVID-19 and DHS Guidelines on completing I-9 Form Remotely
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has just announced a 30-day extension of their flexible Form I-9 document review process for employers operating remotely as a result of COVID-19. Announced earlier in March, the so-called virtual verification option enables businesses to defer the physical inspection requirements associated with the I-9 by examining documents remotely using video conferencing, email, or other technology. Employers must then conduct the physical inspection when normal business operations resume.
While this flexible approach sounds simple enough, there are complexities and uncertainties you need to understand. Some large organizations have opted to use authorized representatives to avoid the new alternative and reduce liability.
- What is the new DHS policy for virtual I-9 completion?
- What are the follow-up tasks and timelines?
- What alternative I-9 options are available for remote hires?
- When should you work with an authorized representative to view documents? Whom should you choose?
- How must you capture and retain supporting I-9 documents?
- What are the best practices for managing I-9 and E-Verify deadlines from afar?
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