On March 20, 2020 DHS introduced that it will defer for a 60 day interval the bodily presence requirement to evaluate the worker’s identification and employment authorization paperwork as a way to full Type I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for Employers and Workplaces that have been working remotely as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. As a substitute, Employers have been permitted to examine these paperwork “remotely” and procure, examine, and save the worker’s identification and employment authorization paperwork inside three enterprise days for the needs of finishing Type I-9. As we described on April 22, the March 20, 2020 DHS announcement offered detailed directions on how the Type I-9 was to be accomplished based mostly on the distant inspection of I-9 paperwork. This coverage was prolonged on Might 19, and once more on June 19, for a further 30- day interval, respectively.
On July 18, 2020, DHS introduced one other 30 day extension of this coverage by August 19, 2020.
You will need to emphasize that this coverage solely applies to employers and workplaces which might be working completely remotely. As soon as regular operations resume, all staff who have been on-boarded utilizing distant verification should report back to their employer inside three enterprise days for “in-person” verification of their identification and employment eligibility documentation.
On this identical March 20th announcement, ICE additionally acknowledged that after July 19, no extra extension shall be granted to employers who have been served “Notices of Inspection (NOIs)” by ICE throughout the month of March 2020.
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