New DHS Guidance on Completing the Form I-9 Remotely During the Coronavirus Outbreak

For the past few weeks, employers across the US have been implementing a wide variety of employee policies and procedures in response to the rapidly-spreading novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In particular, organizations are now adopting “work from home” policies which include the onboarding of newly hired employees and the completion of the Form I-9.

Now, in the wake of COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced they are implementing a rare Form I-9 exception for employers that are operating remotely as a result of COVID-19.

Employers with remote operations during the COVID-19 outbreak will ultimately need to decide whether to perform an in-person verification now using an authorized agent or conduct a virtual verification, followed by an in-person review later on.

In this fast-paced and timely webcast, hosted by SHRM, John Fay of LawLogix and Katie Minervino of Pierce Atwood LLP will reveal best practices and useful tips for completing I-9s remotely during a pandemic crisis.

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