Immigration continues to be a controversial issue at both federal
and state levels. Numerous legislative proposals are constantly
being considered that may impact employers’ obligations regarding
record keeping and pre-employment checks, as well as the
availability of foreign-trained health care workers.
CHA advocates both in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., on these
issues. CHA supports the expansion of available visas as one of
several creative solutions to help ease the workforce shortage
while domestic supply is created. With regard to employer
recordkeeping and background checks, CHA advocates for methods
that do not create unreasonable burdens or hinder the hiring
The U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) has released an
updated Form I-9, with a revision date of March 8, 2013.
Recognizing that some employers, particularly those using an
electronic version of the I-9, may need some time to transition,
USCIS will allow employers to use the older version until May 6.
However, the new form can be used immediately and should be used
for all new hires, re-hires and required re-verification for
existing employees as of May 7.