When it comes to proposed revisions to the Form I-9, three really is a crowd, according to two HR associations more-than-familiar with the employment eligibility verification process. Why’s that?
The I-9 form in its current incarnation is two pages long, which means it’s printed on one piece of paper, front and back.
Add another page — as it’s been proposed — and you’re only asking for trouble. Besides, what kind of improvements make a critical document clunkier than it is now?
There’s no reason the I-9 needs to grow another page, says the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the American Council on International Personnel.
The I-9 process should be simplified — not made more complex, the associations say.
One problem: There are three sources of information that are supposed to help HR execs understand and complete the I-9:
- the web-based I-9 Central
- the M-274 Handbook for Employers, and
- the printed instructions that accompany the I-9 form.
With three sources, there are inconsistencies.
Examples: What documentation is necessary to facilitate a name change? How and when can expired documents be accepted?
Perhaps one of the biggest problems with the current structure, the associations pointed out, was the claim it takes only about 13 minutes to read the instructions, complete and retain the I-9 form.
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