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Thu Aug. 17th, 2017 PTWWW Legal Alert

USCIS published a revised version of I-9 Form; employers must begin using it by September 18, 2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new version of the I-9 Form.  Employers must begin using the new version by September 18, 2017.  This is the second update in less than one year.  The Employment Eligibility Verification form (rev. 07/17/17 N) and instructions can be downloaded at

Plus, the feds last month confirmed the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to focus on civil and criminal investigations—a move that could triple the number of I-9 workplace audits conducted by the agency.

Until September 18th, employers can use either the version dated rev. 11/14/2016 N or the new version dated 07/17/17 N.

For more information, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website at

Note, only employers and employees in Puerto Rico can fill out the Spanish version of Form I-9.  Spanish-speaking employers and employees in the 50 states and other US territories can print the Spanish version of Form I-9 for their reference, but must complete the form in English to meet employment eligibility verification requirements.

Local Minimum Wage Increases and Leave Ordinances

Also, as a reminder, a number of local minimum wage increases and leave ordinances across California took effect July 1, 2017.  Employers should review the city ordinances and follow posting requirements to be in compliance with the new laws.  Employers should also update practice employee manuals and policies accordingly.