Implementation of Interim Final Rule Amending Form I-9 is Delayed to April 2009
By: Laurie A. Petersen
On December 17, 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an interim final rule related to documents acceptable for employment eligibility verification (I-9). The rule was to be effective, including the use of the new I-9 form, on February 2, 2009.
However, on January 30, 2009, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) delayed implementing the rule until April 3, 2009. The public comment period has been reopened to March 4, 2009 and the DHS will reconsider the rule and additional comments.
In the interim, employers should not use the new proposed I-9 that accompanied the December 17, 2008 notice, but rather continue to use the I-9 form revised June 5, 2007. There is a possibility of civil penalties for use of the wrong I-9 form.
Attached is the text of the Notice published in the federal register delaying the implementation:
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