NNMHRA Receives 2019 SHRM Gold Excel Award

New Edition of Form I-9 Now Avaiable

As expected, a new version of the I-9 employment eligibility verification form has been issued. The new version is dated 10/21/2019 but will not become mandatory until May 1.

Through April 30, employers can choose to use the previous edition dated 07/17/2017 or the new edition. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) publishes a paper I-9 Form and an electronic, fillable I-9 Form. The new version of the paper form has no changes from the prior version.

The form is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All U.S. employers must properly complete the Form I-9 for each person they hire for employment in the U.S., including both citizens and noncitizens. New hires and employers, or their authorized representatives, must complete the form. Employers must retain the completed forms for a designated period and make them available for inspection when called to do so.

[SHRM members-only toolkit: Complying with I-9 and E-Verify Requirements in the United States]

Note: This is the paper version of the I-9 Form, which has no changes from the prior version. For the electronic, fillable I-9 Form, click here.

Form I-9 Changes

The new edition of the form lists additional countries in the Country of Issuance field in Section 1, among other minor changes visible only when completing the electronic version of the form, including the following:

  • Clarification on who can act as an authorized representative of an employer. Employers may designate anyone to be an authorized representative to complete Section 2, but the employer is still liable for any violations committed by the designated person. John Fay, president of the LawLogix division of Hyland Software, a company that specializes in cloud-based I-9, E-Verify and immigration compliance services, explained that employers face difficulties in completing I-9s for remotely hired workers, and needed more specific instructions which clarify who may serve as an authorized representative when completing the form.
  • Clarifications pertaining to acceptable documents. Writing N/A in the identity document columns is no longer necessary. When entering document information in the List A column (or alternatively in the List B and C columns), you will not need to enter "N/A" in the columns which are not being used. "The requirement to enter N/A in certain portions of the form could be burdensome and unclear," Fay said. "Now for example, if you have an employee present a U.S. passport which is recorded in the List A column, you do not need to write N/A in all of the fields in the List B and C columns."
  • The new form also clarifies that the form's List C documents establishing employment authorization does not include a worker's Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that contains a photograph. The List C documents include items like a Social Security card and birth certificate, while the EAD (Form I-766) that contains a photograph providing temporary employment authorization to work in the United States is a List A document.


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NNMHR Recieves 2019 SHRM Learning System Champion

Hello SHRM Learning System Champion,


We are pleased to inform you that your chapter or state council is being awarded 2019 SHRM Learning System Champion Status. As you likely know, this award comes with various forms of recognition:

  • The 2019 SHRM Learning System Champions were recognized at the Volunteer Leaders’ Business Meeting that took place on November 14-16 in Washington, DC.

SHRM Certification has strong momentum as we celebrate five years of the SHRM certification program.

We know that your chapter’s and state council’s support of SHRM’s Certification is an integral part of our success and we thank you for all that you have done to elevate the HR Profession!  The SHRM Learning System Champion Recognition is our way of publicly thanking you for promoting and supporting SHRM’s Certification to your members.  The attached SHRM Certification Recognition and Promotion brochure was shared at VLBM, and it is another way we publicly promote and thank your chapter or state council for the continued support.  Please know that we appreciate all that you do to support SHRM, the HR Profession, and our Education Partners offering SHRM Certification Preparation programs.

Again, Congratulations!


Taimi Herron

Regional Partnership Manager

SHRM/Holmes Corporation

2019 Learning System SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP


Dear Northern New Mexico Human Resource Association:

On behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management, I am pleased to confirm that your chapter has been awarded the 2019 Silver Excel Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to your members. It also is recognition of your continued growth and development as a business leader, capable of developing strategies that lead to business success! We are very proud of your leadership and thank you for your continued partnership with SHRM.

Thanks for all you do to serve SHRM and HR professionals in your local area. We look forward to working closely with you throughout 2019.

Congratulations on your achievement.

Michael P. Aitken, Senior Vice President, Membership
Society for Human Resource Management


2019 SHRM DUAL EVENT, April 1 & 2, 2019


April 1 & 2, 2019

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FLYER: (PDF) April 1, 2019
Preparing New Mexico’s Workforce for 2020 and Beyond: What Business Leaders Must Know to Meet the Challenge!

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PRESENTERS: (PDF) Join us as SHRM New Mexico brings together national and local thought leaders, game changers, and bold thinkers to engage in a conversation regarding the opportunities that exist in New Mexico to reimagine the next generation of workforce.