HR Management & Compliance

New I-9 form effective April 3; H-1B visa deadline

Two important deadlines are approaching for HR. On April 3, employers must start using the new I-9 form. Initially the change was set to happen in February, but the Obama administration delayed it and other unimplemented regulations to allow time for further agency review.

April 1 marks the beginning of the annual race for the H-1B visa lottery. In past years, the USCIS has gotten significantly more requests than it has H-1B visas to allow. Employers who want to apply for the visas must submit their requests on April 1 to have a chance at the lottery.

On a lighter — and probably more welcome note — today is the first day of spring, which means it’s time to dust off your dress code policy and make sure it’s ready to address this year’s warm-weather fashion trends.