Keeping up with I-9 compliance can seem like a paper-work jungle. Verifying an employees’ legal right to work in the United States is no easy task these days – yet it is becoming more and more important for all employers to ensure that they not only hire documented workers, but retain copies of I-9 forms and the supporting documentation readily and safely on file. This holds true for all businesses from small mom and pop businesses to large companies and corporations.
Joe Tarentino who owns a pizzeria in rural Pennsylvania said, “I never knew what an I-9 form was until I started reading all of the articles talking about their importance.” Now with the assistance of an outside company Joe has an I-9 for each one of his employees and they are electronically stored in the partner’s database and can be accessed online 24-7. “My job is making pizzas - I do not have the time to spend filling out and storing forms. This is why I opted to use an outside partner”, Tarentino said.
Julie Markison is an HR manger for a mid-sized manufacturer in a suburb of Philadelphia. “With over 100 employees and summer interns I-9 compliance can be very hectic and an additional task that burdens an already small HR staff. “We found it to be more cost efficient to use an outside company to help us with I-9 compliance and retention.”
More and more small to mid-sized businesses are looking for I-9 compliance assistance since many municipalities are enacting their own legislation to enforce Federal Immigration laws. Businesses of all sizes are now realizing that they have to ensure that they are playing by the rules and have proper I-9 documentation in place.
“The benefit to using an outside partner for I-9 compliance is it represents a cost savings and you are tapping the expertise of a company that specializes in this type of service. They are aware of all the latest rules and laws”, commented Markison.