Volume 7, Edition 10, October 2011

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March 1, 2003. Under the statute, employers must retain a Form I-9 until 3 years after the date of hire or 1 year after termination, whichever is later. In this case, 3 years after the hire is March 1, 2003 and 1 year after termination is May 1, 2002. Since the first date is later, the employer must retain the form until March 1, 2003.

Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, employers must retain an employee’s completed Form I-9 for as long as the individual works for the employer. Once the individual’s employment has terminated, the employer must determine how long after termination the Form I-9 must be retained.

An employee was hired on March 1, 2000 and terminated on May 1, 2001. On what date can the employer purge the I-9?

1. May 1, 2002

2. March 1, 2003

3. May 1, 2001

4. The I-9 cannot be purged


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