Late in June, the U.S. Senate passed an immigration reform bill. President Obama has urged the House of Representatives to pass the bill quickly. What will happen? Well, that’s anyone’s guess.
But one thing is certain…immigration reform measures are already taking place. And they are impacting employees, businesses and human resources. The most recent changes are to the Form I-9 (PDF). This is the document everyone completes on their first day of employment. It does two things:
Establishes identity – You are who you say you are.
Confirms work status – You’re eligible to work in the United States.
During the SHRM Annual Conference in Chicago, several hundred people got up at zero dark forty to hear Dave Fowler, vice president of product strategy for Equifax Workforce Solutions, talk about the recent changes to the Form I-9. Dave graciously sat with me for a chat after his presentation.
Dave, let’s start at the beginning. What’s the purpose of the Form I-9?
[Dave] In 1986, the federal government decided to address the issue of illegal immigration. Roughly 3 million illegal immigrants were allowed to remain in the country and ...