The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the exemption for the physical inspection of form I-9 documents is extended to August 19th, 2020. This exemption does not apply to employers that have employees physically present at a work location. Under the exemption, employers must complete the remote inspection of approved documents within three (3) business days of the employee’s hire date and enter ‘Remote Inspection Completed on ___(date). Within three (3) days of when normal operations resume, all employees who were onboarded using remote verification must present their approved documents for a physical inspection. Employers should add “Covid-19, documents physically examined with the date of inspection” to the I-9 forms. An example of a completed I-9 form is below:
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Additional information can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-related-news/temporary-policies-related-to-covid-19#:~:text=Due%20to%20the%20COVID%2D19,temporary%20policies%20to%20help%20employers.&text=Because%20of%20ongoing%20precautions%20related,workplaces%20that%20are%20operating%20remotely.