Employers Must Use New Form I-9 Beginning January 22, 2017

Beginning January 22, 2017, employers must use a new version of Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification of new hires.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revised Form I-9  last November and gave employers a short grace period for making the conversion to the new form, dated 11/14/16.  The new form is available on the USCIS website at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9.

Employers will  notice several improvements to the new I-9:

  • The instructions are now separate from the form and include specific guidance on each section.
  • The form is much more computer-friendly, with drop-down lists, calendars, on screen prompts and instructions for each field, a “start over” button and easy access to full instructions.
  • The employer may now list more than one preparer and translator who assisted in completion of the form.
  • In the first section, the employer must list only “other last names used” rather than “other names used.”
  • A new “additional information” box provides space for the employer to note important information for the employer’s purposes such as additional documents presented, employee termination dates or form retention dates.

Employers must complete a Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization of every individual hired for employment.  For more information, see our previous post on Form I-9, and visit the USCIS’s “I-9 Central” at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central.

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Waters of the United States Rule

The Supreme Court of the United States has accepted a petition to hear an appeal from a Waters of the United States (WOTUS) ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  To read this post, visit aglaw.osu.edu/blog.

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Examining Failed Legislation from Ohio’s Last Legislative Session

Ohio’s 131st General Assembly came to a close in December of 2016. Read our two part series that summarizes bills related to agriculture that failed to pass during the General Assembly’s 2015-2016 legislative session.  Visit our OSU blog at http://aglaw.osu.edu to view the posts.

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What the New Drone Rule Means for Agriculture: Part 2

The FAA’s long awaited rule for drones or “small unmanned aircraft systems” (sUAS) weighing less than 55 pounds will be effective on August 29, 2016.  To read our post explaining operational requirements, go to http://aglaw.osu.edu/blog.

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Congress Finalizes Mandatory GMO Labeling Law

After several years of debate over voluntary versus mandatory GMO labeling, Congress passed legislation yesterday to create a unified national standard requiring disclosure of information for bioengineered foods.  Read this post on our new blog site, here.

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New Law Increases Access to Ohio Small Claims Court

The Ohio General Assembly has enacted a law that raises the monetary limit for cases handled through Ohio’s small claims court system.  To read this post, visit our new blog site at http://aglaw.osu.edu/blog.

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Ohio Creates New “Farm Winery” Liquor Permit

Governor Kasich has signed legislation to create a new “Ohio Farm Winery Liquor Permit.” To read this post, visit our new blog site at http://aglaw.osu.edu.

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