New Version of I-9

New Version of I-9 Form and Instructions
On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a new version of Form I-9 and accompanying instructions. As of September 18th, employers must use this form, or they may be subject to penalties. While the core aspects of the form have not changed, there are minor revisions, such as the addition of an option for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad to List C, and renumbering of all List C documents except the Social Security Card. The new version of the form can be downloaded here.

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Federal Court Strikes Down Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule

On August 31, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas struck down the Obama administration’s 2016 overtime rule. The rule would have expanded overtime protection for more than four million “white collar” workers including executive, administrative, and professional employees. If the law would have gone into effect, it would have essentially doubled the minimum salary for these overtime exempt employees. In the court’s decision, it held that the Department of Labor exceeded its authority by raising the salary threshold too high by doubling it. This court ruling will likely end the possibility of future litigation over the rule. The Department of Labor is still examining whether to adjust the salary level. For now, these employees will continue to qualify for an exemption from the federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, if they are compensated on a salary basis at a rate not less than $455 per week ($23,660 annually) and perform certain job duties, as outlined by the DOL.

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