The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it is temporarily relaxing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification document review requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Employers whose employees are working remotely to limit physical proximity during the national emergency will be permitted to review their employees' identity and employment authorization documents remotely.
Employers are required to complete the Form I-9 to verify and document an employee's identity and employment authorization. As part of the normal verification process, the employer must view and record in Form I-9, Section 2, the original verification documents presented by the employee in the employer's physical presence and compare any identification information on the documents to the employee.
Key details of the temporary provisions include: