The federal government has addressed some of the challenges employers are facing with hiring issues while key employees must self-isolate at home:
- Employers taking social distance and isolation precautions during this pandemic don’t need to review a new employee’s identity and employment authorization documented in the employee’s physical presence for Form I-9.
- Employers may first inspect Section 2 documents remotely, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The agency says that they obtain this document via video, fax, or email and “obtain, inspect, and retain copies…within three business days for purposes of completing Section 2.”
- Employers may implement these provisions for a period of 60 days from the date of this notice or within three business days after the termination of the National Emergency, whichever comes first.