Updated Employer Handbook for Completing Form I-9

Updated Employer Handbook for Completing Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued the updated Handbook for Employers (M-274) on February 14th, with an official revision date of January 22, 2017.

The newly published version of the Handbook offers new guidance focused specifically on the following important considerations:

  • Automatic extensions of Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) – “Foreign nationals in certain employment eligibility categories who file an EAD renewal application may receive automatic extensions of their expiring EAD for up to 180 days. The extension begins on the date the EAD expires and continues for up to 180 days unless the renewal application is denied.”  See page 13 of the new M-274 for additional detail.

Learn more:  “Overcoming Complexities of Employee Authorized to Work Reverification Management”

  • Failure of an employee to present acceptable documents – “You may terminate an employee who fails to produce an acceptable document or documents, or an acceptable receipt for a document within three business days of the date employment begins.”  See page 26 of the new M-274 for additional detail.
  • Correcting the Form I-9 – “If the employer, recruiter, or referrer for a fee (“employer”) discovers an error in Section 1 of an employee’s Form I-9, the employer should bring itself into compliance immediately and ask the employee to correct the error. Employers and/or their authorized representative may only correct errors made in Section 2 or Section 3 of Form I-9.”  See page 29 of the new M-274 for additional detail.

To review the newly published Handbook, please visit:  Updated M-274

Visit our blog Equifax Insights – I-9 Management for additional guidance on the topics above and other important I-9 related issues.

Please contact us to learn more about how Equifax Workforce Solutions can assist your company in creating a strong culture of compliance in support of your I-9 process.

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About Brian Elfrink

Brian Elfrink leads the strategic direction and development for I-9 Management, E-Verify, and Remote I-9 solutions. He is responsible for new product initiatives, legislative analysis, and product management for all areas of Form I-9. In addition, Brian is responsible for analyzing and tracking market and client needs for new requirements related to identity and employment authorization and immigration reform.

During his 10 year tenure with Equifax, Brian has held strategic roles within Finance, Accounting, and Sales Operations. Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Business (Accounting) degree from Fontbonne University, his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Lindenwood University, and is a certified Six Sigma – LEAN Green Belt.