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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently revised the Form I-9. Employers should begin using the newly revised Form I-9 (Rev.03/08/13 N) for all new hires and re-verifications. Employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions until May 7, 2013. After May 7, 2013, employers must only use Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13 N). The USCIS also publishes a handbook with useful information for employers to assist them in completing the Form I-9. The USCIS updated the Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing the Form I-9 (M-274) to include information about the revised Form I-9.  According to the USCIS, helpful new images have been added to the Handbook to illustrate how employees and employers can complete the new form. The Handbook also contains updated guidance on recording changes of name and other identity information.

We recommend that now is a good time to review your entire hiring process, from the proper form of job application to verifying your new hires are legally eligible to work for you.

About the Author
Theodore J. Schneider practices in the areas of business and corporate transactions, employment law counseling, municipal and public law, real estate and land use, and homeowner associations. Ted began his legal career in 2002 when he joined the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P. before relocating to Ventura County to join his father in practice.