In a significant move aimed at streamlining and providing additional flexibilities to the employment verification process, the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule granting certain employers the authority to utilize an optional alternative when examining Form I-9 documentation. The announcement follows the agency’s proposed rulemaking in August 2022 designed to explore alternative means for employers to verify the identity and employment authorization of new employees. We prepared a Legal Update to examine the new process and how it differs from existing procedures, and what employers should know as the new rule becomes effective.

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