The Employment Verification Law (C.R.S. § 8-2-122) requires both public and private employers in Colorado to complete the Affirmation of Legal Work Status form within 20 calendar days after hiring an employee. The revised form, with a date of 09/01/14, must be used for new hires after October 1, 2014. The employer, not the employee, is responsible for completing and maintaining the form. The form must be retained for the duration of the employee’s employment.
The Affirmation of Legal Work Status form is separate from employers’ requirement under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification form — the Form I-9. The latter form must be completed within three business days of hire. The retention requirements are also different in that the Form I-9 must be maintained for three years after date of hire or one year after termination, whichever is later.
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