by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Employment Eligibility Verification

§ 8.03
Key Point. Employers are required by law to confirm the identity, and eligibility to work, of all new hires. This is done by having each new hire complete U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-9. Churches are subject to this requirement.
Key Point. One federal court ruled that churches can be forced to comply with the immigration reporting requirements even if compliance would violate their religious convictions.[2] American Friends Service Committee v. Thornburgh, 718 F. Supp. 820 (C.D. Cal. 1989).

Every employer in the United States is required to confirm the identity of all new employees and verify that they are either American citizens or aliens legally authorized to work in this country. These rules, enacted by Congress in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 as a means of stemming the tide of illegal immigration, represent one of the most comprehensive reporting ...

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