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COVID-19 Key Updates for Employers

Below are key updates for employers to be aware of. We will continue to update as new information becomes available.

  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will allow employers flexibility with respect to reviewing employee’s identity and employment authorization documents in the employee’s physical presence for employers implementing remote work practices due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Employers who elect this option must provide written documentation of their remote onboarding and telework policy for each employee. Once normal operations resume, all employees who were onboarded using remote verification, must report to their employer within three business days for in-person verification of identity and employment eligibility documentation for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Please review the USCIS news release for full details and instructions if implementing this temporary work around. 
  • The Attorney General’s Office is monitoring compliance with both existing labor laws and recent Executive Orders in place to manage the Coronavirus outbreak, including publishing guidance online and through social media posts on how to report employers who are violating these mandates. All employers are encouraged to fully comply with these mandates.

More information and updates can be found on HR Works’ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources Page.

HR Works, Inc., headquartered in Upsate New York, is a human resource management outsourcing and consulting firm serving clients throughout the United States. HR Works provides scalable strategic human resource management and consulting services, including: affirmative action programs; benefits administration outsourcing; HRIS self-service technology; full-time, part-time and interim on-site HR managers; HR audits; legally reviewed employee handbooks and supervisor manuals; talent management and recruiting services; and training of managers and HR professionals.