I-9 Interesting Facts

Form I-9 Compliance - Verification and Employment Certification Program
Elga Lejarza-Penn

As 2020 is fast approaching, we need to ensure we are following the correct steps for verifying employment work eligibility.

Time to test your knowledge:

  1. Do self-employed individuals need to complete an I-9 Form?
  2. If a self-employed individual does not need to fill out a Form I-9, does the self-employed individual need to be authorized to work in the U.S?
  3. How far in advance can the Form I-9 be completed?
  4. When does the latest section 1 need to be completed by the employee?
  5. If the employee starts work for pay on Monday, when is the latest the employer has to complete section 2 of the Form I-9 to be in compliance?

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Answers:

  1. A self-employed person does not need to complete a Form I-9 on his or her own behalf unless the person is an employee of a separate business entity, such as a corporation or partnership. If the person is an employee of a separate business entity, he or she, and any other employee will have to complete Form I-9.
  2. Yes. Individuals must be work-authorized to perform any employment in the United States, even if it is not employment in an employer-employee relationship requiring completion of the Form I-9. Undocumented aliens, or others lacking work authorization, are NOT authorized to be self-employed or to work as independent contractors. Any person who obtains the labor of an independent contractor, knowing that the contractor is not work authorized, is subject to civil penalties.
  3. Form I-9 may be completed as soon as the employer has offered the individual a job and the individual has accepted the offer.
  4. Each newly hired employee must complete and sign Section 1 of Form I-9 no later than his or her first day of employment.
  5. Some people would answer “Wednesday”, but the right answer is “Thursday”.

If you would like to learn more about the the compliance requirements around the Form I-9 as well as laws that that do or could impact you as an HR Professional while earning continuing education credits towards your SHRM or HRCI certification please join me at one of my upcoming Certificate Program Trainings on topics such as FMLA, ADA, Pregnancy Descrimination, Employment Laws, Interviewing Skills, OSHA and Sexual Harassment Law and Investigation Techniques.

If you would like to learn more about our SHRM-CP®, SHRM-SCP®, aPHR™, PHR®, SPHR® Exam Prep Courses and Boot Camps please check out our upcoming Exam Prep Trainings and check out our Student Testimonials and Success Stories.

Elga Lejarza-Penn, aPHR, PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP

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