Over the past week or so you’ve likely heard a lot about the new Form I-9 all employers must begin using by May 7, 2013.   Which means that starting May 8, 2013 employers must use the new Form I-9 for new hires.  If you stockpiled prior versions, recycle those because starting on May 8, 2013 employers can only use the Form I-9 with the date “03/08/13 N” in the bottom left hand corner of the form.  The “N” means prior versions not allowed.   The Form I-9 is available in Spanish as well, but only as a resource/reference for Spanish-speaking employees and the Spanish version of the Form I-9 can only be completed in Puerto Rico.  Finally, the Handbook for Employers (M-274) has been updated as well to reflect changes to the Form I-9.  Employers should have on hand, as a resource for those completing the Form I-9, a copy of the revised Handbook.

You can read more about this and free Form I-9 training sessions provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in E-Verify Connection.