I-9 compliance, which many small business owners in particular already find difficult, will get harder when the new form goes into effect, said
Three organizations — the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the National Federation of Independent Business in Alabama and the law firm — are partnering to offer free comprehensive online training to help business owners comply with the new requirements.
The training, titled “Untangling the New Form I-9,” is available at aces.edu/events.
For many business owners, especially small business owners, the stakes couldn’t be higher, said
“It’s absolutely critical that employers and employees alike understand this,” Elebash said. “It’s double the work — two pages instead of one — but it’s the penalty provisions that are most alarming. Business owners who don’t fill out these forms correctly are likely to be penalized pretty substantially.”
I-9 compliance procedures are an outgrowth of the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986, which makes it unlawful for employers to knowingly hire or continue to employ individuals who are not legally authorized to work in the