New Colorado Affirmation of Legal Work Status Requirements October 1

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has announced new employment eligibility verification requirements for Colorado employers. The new requirements take effect October 1.

Since January 1, 2007, Colorado employers have had to complete a written affirmation of legal work status for each new hire. They also have been required to retain photocopies of the documentation that employees provide when completing the I-9. 

Beginning October 1, 2012, employers must use a required form. Previously, employers could use any version of the form that met the statutory requirements. The required form is available here. The new regulations also clarify that employers may not complete the affirmation form after 20 days from the date of hire. 

The CDLE has confirmed that it is conducting compliance audits on 40 Colorado employers each week. “We are regularly contacted by members who have received these audit notices,” says MSEC Immigration Services attorney Chris Bauer. “This is a good time to make confirm that your company’s records are in good order.”