The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a new Form I-9 (the 11/14/2016 edition) that employers must start using no later than January 22, 2017.

All U.S. employers must use Form I-9 to verify and document an employee’s identity and authorization to work in the United States. The form is completed by both the employer and the employee and the employee must present acceptable documents to prove his or her identity and authorization to work in the U.S.

Among other changes, the new Form I-9 was enhanced to make it easier to complete on a computer. The enhancements include drop-down lists and calendars for filling in dates, on-screen instructions for each field, easy access to the full instructions, and an option to clear the form and start over.

For a copy of the new I-9 Form, go to our Resources page, and select the Legislation, Regulations, and Other Government Issued Materials category.

The final FLSA rules would have increased the minimum salary threshold from $455/week ($23,660/year) to $913/week ($47,476/year), effective December 1, 2016, doubling the threshold for the exemption from overtime pay. However, within two weeks of the effective date of the increase, a federal court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction, effectively putting the increase on hold. Thus, employers may continue to use the $455 per week threshold for now. Further, given the 2016 election results, it is questionable as to when and whether the threshold will increase.