How to Remotely Start New Employees During the COVID-19 Crisis

How to Remotely Start New Employees During the COVID-19 Crisis

In a typical month, over 5 million Americans will report to work at a new job. They have given notice at their prior employer, and they’re ready to onboard with the new employer.

What happens when the office they’re supposed to work at is physically closed due to COVID-19? The new employer may have made arrangements for telecommuting —may even have sent the new computer and any other work equipment to the employees’ home. Thousands of organizations – in the private and public sectors – are asking employees to work remotely from home for weeks or months now. With high-speed internet, webcams, and a wide selection of capable communication platforms and project management software, many employees see it as an opportunity to cut out the long commute and be more efficient in the comfort of home.

But what about that one employment form that requires the new employee to meet in person with someone? Remember the I-9 form that is used to document an employee’s work eligibility in the US? Since 1986, the employee must physically present the original documents as proof: the US passport, or a combination of a driver’s license and Social Security card, etc. This cannot be done virtually and it is legally required to be completed no later than the third day AFTER the employee starts work for pay (the first section of the I-9 must be done by day one). What if the office is closed and HR is not available in person? The new employee needs the job and the income, so they can’t wait for the virus to pass by.

Fortunately, there are I-9 Compliance solutions like the one provided by Tracker Corp. “We’ve created a workaround for the I-9 form predicament.” Says chairman Julie Pearl. “With our award-winning Tracker I-9 Complete’s mobile functionality any new hire to

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