A recent announcement by Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, carries an important message for employers concerned with I-9 Compliance.  On May 24, 2017, Mr. Kelly, extended Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for six months, through January 22, 2018.   The deadline for current beneficiaries to re-register for Haiti’s TPS designation is July 24, 2017. If a Haitian TPS beneficiary timely re-registers and properly files an application for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), his or her employment authorization will be automatically extended for an additional period of up to 180 days from the date the current EAD expires, i.e., January 22, 2018.   HR Legalist takes this opportunity to remind employers to stay on top of their I-9 compliance practices and make sure they are re-verifying their workers’ employment eligibility.  While Haitian TPS beneficiaries may be relatively few, over 300,000 foreign nationals from thirteen countries are currently in the United States in TPS, and many of these persons have EADs that must be renewed, and their I-9 forms reverified. Continue Reading