Colorado Repeals Duplicative Employment Verification Requirement

It’s not often that HR and hiring managers receive good news when it comes to changes in I-9 and E-Verify practice. As most employers are painfully aware, federal and state requirements relating to I-9 and immigration rules are generally becoming more complex every year – caught up in a web of often-conflicting rules regarding the proper procedure for verifying a new hire’s eligibility to work in the United States. But every so often, a rule changes. A regulation expires. Or if you’re really lucky, a state legislature listens to the employer community and decides to reduce the paperwork burden. And that’s exactly what happened in the state of Colorado when Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 16-1114 into law, effectively repealing Colorado’s employment verification requirement. Under the new law which goes into effect on August 10, 2016, Colorado employers will no longer need to complete and maintain a separate affirmation form and retain copies of all documents presented during the I-9 process.

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