Webinar Recording

May 18, 2020

Webinar Recording: Return to Business: COVID-19 Immigration Compliance – I-9 Update

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As employers consider whether it is safe for employees to return to work, busy in-house counsel and HR leaders need I-9 and E-Verify answers. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) have temporarily allowed virtual I-9 completion procedures in place of the in-person verification of employment eligibility, but are requiring follow-up actions when employees return to work in-person.  ICE has also announced a moratorium on the issuance of any new I-9 Notices of Inspection.

In the midst of these COVID-specific changes, USCIS has also released a new I-9 Handbook for Employers (Form M-274) that includes significant changes.

In this webinar, Seyfarth’s experienced immigration compliance attorneys offer guidance and answers to help employers navigate these uncharted waters. Our panel discusses the legal and practical immigration compliance issues employers can anticipate when restarting business operations, bringing employees back to the workplace, and maintaining compliance for those who continue to work from home.

Topics include:

  • Expired documents and other COVID-19 rule changes.
  • Hiring surges and I-9 responsibilities.
  • Best practices for virtual, remote and in-person I-9 completion.
  • Fraudulent documents and new I-9s.
  • Highlights of significant changes to the new M-274.


This recording is eligible for CLE credit in CA, IL, NY, and NJ. Credit is pending in TX.  All other jurisdictions will be applied for as requested, but please note that not all states allow for distance learning so some states will be ineligible. To request CLE credit, fill out this form and return it to CLE@seyfarth.com.  If you have questions about jurisdictions, please email CLE@seyfarth.com. CLE credit for this recording expires on 5/17/2021.