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Electronic Storage of Form I-9 Verifying Employment Authorization Will Be Permitted

By William J. Manning
  • November 3, 2004

President Bush has signed into law H.R. 4306, which authorizes the electronic storage of Form I-9, in addition to the traditional paper original, microfiche, and microfilm storage technologies. Form I-9 is the employment authorization verification form which employers must complete for all new hires.

The new law also authorizes electronic signature of Form I-9 in addition to hand-written signature.

Electronic storage should greatly reduce document storage and handling costs for employers with large numbers of employees.

The new law will take effect upon the earlier of the date on which final implementing regulations are issued, or 180 days after enactment of the law.

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