Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Why do I need to complete an I-9 on new employees?

The Employment Eligibility Verification form, commonly called Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States within 3 days of hire. This includes citizens and noncitizens.

Both employees and employers (or authorized representatives of the employer) must complete the form. On the form, an employee must attest to his or her employment authorization. The employee must also present his or her employer with acceptable documents evidencing identity and employment authorization. The employer must examine the employment eligibility and identity document(s) an employee presents to determine whether the document(s) reasonably appear to be genuine and to relate to the employee and record the document information on the Form I-9. The list of acceptable documents can be found on the last page of the form. Employers must retain Form I-9 for a designated period and make it available for inspection by authorized government officers.

  • We have less than 10 employees. Are we required to have an employee handbook?
  • My employee often answers the phone while sitting at her desk during lunch. Am I required to pay her for this time?
  • Can I hire my children who are under 14 years of age?
  • At what age can teens work for an establishment that serves alcohol?
  • If an employee is stealing from the company, do I have to give them their last paycheck?
  • How can I protect my company when disciplining or terminating an employee?
  • Can I deduct payments for tools or uniforms from an employee’s paycheck?
  • How do I know whether to make a position salaried or hourly?
  • What are some common Wage and Hour violations?

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