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<p><strong>St. Louis &mdash; March 28</strong><br />Interest in the U.S. government&#39;s &quot;Basic Pilot&quot; employment verification program for I-9 compliance continues to gain momentum, as evidenced by the record<br />response to a recent webcast hosted by TALX Corp.</p><p>Registration for the one-hour online learning event was at capacity, 1,550 participants, as HR professionals from across the United States eagerly sought more information on the &quot;Basic Pilot&quot; Program and how to achieve electronic I-9 compliance.<br /><br />Broadcast live Nov. 29, the webcast&#39;s panel featured Gerri<br />Ratliff, chief of the Verification Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Scott Mezistrano, senior manager of Government Relations, American Payroll Association; and Dave Fowler, senior director<br />of Product Strategy, TALX Corp. </p><p>&quot;Whether you&#39;re a large employer with multiple offices across the U.S. or a small business, the I-9 situation represents risk and liability,&quot; Fowler said. &quot;Taking aggressive steps to better define and automate this part of the HR process directly affects an organization&#39;s bottom line.&quot;<br /><br />The electronic I-9 has been a hot topic since June 2006, when a new interim rule was issued by the Department of Homeland Security that allowed employers to complete, sign and store their required Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 forms electronically. </p><p>The &quot;Basic Pilot&quot; program allows a company to reduce risk by verifying social security numbers and work authorizations. </p><p>Electronic I-9s provide other benefits such as measuring compliance, identifying missing I-9s, online<br />reverification notices and removing old I-9s per retention<br />requirements. </p><p>Employers also can convert existing paper I-9s to<br />electronic storage to eliminate manual processes, measure compliance across the organization and easily respond to internal or external audits.<br /><br />The interactive webcast, &quot;The Federal &#39;Basic Pilot&#39; Program and Electronic I-9 Compliance,&quot; addressed several key issues surrounding electronic I-9s, including implementation options, best practices and<br />compliance with the interim rules.<br /><br />TALX&#39;s electronic I-9 services are designed to alleviate the<br />difficulties involved with complying with federal regulations. TALX helps employers maintain compliance with immigration regulations and eliminate paper and manual processes.</p>

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