The Basics on the New I-9 Form in WV
Starting in January 2017, employers were required to start using a new I-9 form in West Virginia (WV) and nationwide. In a nutshell, the I-9 is the form that employers must complete in order to verify the identity and work eligibility of employees.
The new I-9 form has frequently been updated, with the latest iteration being announced on July 17th, 2017. Both employers and employees are required to complete the form, with both citizens and non-citizens being affected by this legal requirement for employment. Employers who fail to use the new form "may be subject to all applicable penalties," according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency ("ICE").
Compliance with the New I-9 Form in WV Has Never Been More Important
Given the Trump administration's focus on illegal immigration, more employers may be subject to those penalties. ICE reportedly conducts more than 3,000 I-9 employer audits each year. Commentators expect that number to rise in the coming years. With this in mind, WV employers will want to be mindful every time a new I-9 form becomes mandatory.
What Steps Should WV Employers Take to Access the New Form?
It is easy to obtain a copy of the new I-9 form in WV. Just visit ICE's website to download the version of the document.
Employers should remember to keep completed I-9 forms for each employee until one year after the employee is terminated, or three years after the employee was hired, whichever date is later. To avoid falling behind on these developments, ensure that you are keeping abreast with these developments by partnering with the experienced employment attorneys at Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC, who can advise you in any matter relating to the new I-9 form in WV or any other matter relating to employment law.