The End of COVID Flexibilities for Form I-9 Compliance and the New Virtual Option for Document Review

The End of COVID Flexibilities for Form I-9 Compliance and the New Virtual Option for Document Review

The End of COVID Flexibilities for Form I-9 Compliance and the New Virtual Option for Document Review (Seminar Recording - No CLE)
Live Event Date: 08/10/2023
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. No

Since March 2020, the I-9 requirements have been modified several times by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but these COVID flexibilities will officially end on July 31, with a grace period through August 30. The expert faculty on this intermediate seminar will review requirements for remote verification, Form I-9 compliance upon resumption of normal business operations, and the use of authorized representatives to verify employment eligibility and identification. They will also delve into measures for remediation and correction of any Form I-9 lapses or noncompliance. Finally, the panelists will discuss the new alternative (i.e., virtual) procedure for document review and how it impacts employers’ compliance efforts with respect to the end of the COVID flexibilities.

Featured Topics:

  • Sunset of Form I-9 COVID flexibilities: are you ready for August 31?
  • What to do when an employer’s workforce returns to the office or uses a hybrid model
  • Pitfalls of the two-step verification process
  • Internal audits and use of electronic Forms I-9 to ease compliance
  • Interplay with state-mandated E-verify requirements
  • New virtual document review option: who can use the alternative procedure to complete verification for Forms I-9 created pursuant to the COVID flexibilities?

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Kate Kalmykov (DL), Florham Park, NY

Kate Kalmykov is the Global Immigration & Compliance Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig. Kate holds more than two decades of experience in all matters related to business immigration – with particularly deep knowledge in developing proactive and responsive I-9 strategies. Kate routinely counsels employers of all sizes and industries, supporting their understanding of and compliance with immigration laws related to the hiring and retention of foreign talent. Kate frequently speaks, writes, and is quoted on business immigration law development and trends.

Lori T. Chesser, AILA Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee, Des Moines, IA

Nicole A. Kersey, AILA Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee, St. Petersburg, FL

Nicole A. Kersey serves as Managing Director of Kersey Immigration Compliance, LLC in St. Petersburg, FL. Her firm provides I-9 and related compliance expertise to employers nationwide and contract-based legal writing services to law firms. She is also Of Counsel Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapolis, where she leads the firm’s immigration practice. Nici serves on AILA’s Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee and the 2024 Annual Conference Planning Committee.

Katie Nokes Minervino, AILA Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee, Portland, ME

Katie Minervino is a partner at Pierce Atwood LLP where she practices exclusively employment-based immigration law, helping employers and employees create and execute immigration strategies and advising on employment verification compliance issues. Katie is a member of the AILA Verification & Documentation Liaison Committee, for which she has served as both Chair and Vice-Chair. Katie obtained her JD from the University of Miami School of Law and her Bachelor’s from the University of Notre Dame.

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