Employers Must Use Form I-9 Dated 11/14/2016
    Beginning Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use the 11/14/2016 N version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new employee hired after Nov. 6, 1986, or for the re-verification of expiring employment authorization of current employees (if applicable). This date is found on the lower left hand corner of the form.  Prior versions of the form will no longer be valid for use.  Employers who fail to use Form I-9 11/14/2016 N on or after Jan. 22, 2017 may be subject to all applicable penalties under section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324a, as enforced by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 asks for “other last names used” rather than “other names used,” and streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals.
    Other changes include:
    • The addition of prompts to ensure information is entered correctly.
    • The ability to enter multiple preparers and translators.
    • A dedicated area for including additional information rather than having to add it in the margins.
    • A supplemental page for the preparer/translator.

    How Long Should Employers Retain Form I-9:
    Employers must have a completed Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on file for each person on their payroll (or otherwise receiving remuneration) who is required to complete the form. Employers must also keep completed Forms I-9 for a certain amount of time after their employees stop working for them.  Once an employee no longer works for the employer, the employer must determine how much longer to keep the employee’s Form I-9.  
    Medical Identity Theft
    All Health employers have the responsibility to protect the patient as well as the organization from attempted identity theft.  All patient services and operational areas should be involved in identity theft prevention. 91% of small healthcare organizations experienced at least one data breach, with 24 percent of them likely resulting in medical identity theft.
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