We wanted employers to be aware of certain changes to the I-9 & E-Verify requirements as a result of recent announcements and legislation. Please contact your lead attorney if you wish to speak further on how this may impact your company.
On May 4, 2023, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that employers will have 30 days to reach compliance with Form I-9 requirements after the COVID-19 flexibilities sunset on July 31, 2023.
These flexibilities were first announced in March 2020 and subsequently extended throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. DHS encourages employers who have been using those temporary flexibilities to plan ahead to ensure that all required physical inspection of identity and employment eligibility documents is completed by Aug. 30, 2023. For more details, see the links below:
A new law was recently enacted in the State of Florida that requires private employers with at least 25 employees to use E-Verify, the digital immigration verification tool, during their onboarding process, starting July 1. The law also increases penalties for noncompliance and for employers that knowingly hire undocumented workers. These penalties include monetary penalties as well as potential suspension or revocation of business licenses, amongst others.
E-Verify is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of newly hired employees by electronically matching information provided by employees on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, against records available to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
For more information regarding the E-Verify program and this new legislation, please follow the links below: