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The Department of Homeland Security has extended its flexibility regarding the requirement for employers to physically inspect documents presented for section 2 of the Form I-9, this time extending the flexibility until May 31, 2021.
Originally announced on March 19, 2020, and extended several times since then, this policy allows employers that are operating 100% remotely due to COVID-19, to defer the physical presence requirements associated with section 2 of the Form I-9 (if there are employees physically present at the work location, in-person document inspection is required).
Once normal operations resume, employees who were on-boarded during this time must report to their employer within three business days for in-person verification of the document(s) presented for section 2 of the Form I-9. Also, although the in-person requirement is currently waived if operating 100% remotely due to COVID-19, the Form I-9 must still be completed within three business days of hire. Read more.