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    By  Sunny Lee  - May 8, 2020 

    Our offices are closed due to COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place order. We hired an employee who will be working at home remotely until we are able to open the office back up again. How do we physically examine documents to complete the Form I-9?

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided much-needed guidance on the issue of employees hired and working remotely in a March 20, 2020 announcement related to COVID-19 and the national emergency.

    Deferral of Examination

    Due to COVID-19, the employer’s physical examination of original documents in the presence of a new hire who will be working remotely at home has been deferred for 60 days or three days after the termination of the national emergency, whichever occurs first.

    While the employee and the employer still must complete the Form I-9 within three business days of hire, the employee may submit documents to the employer that verify identity and work authorization remotely via a video link, fax or email.  Read More