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Friday, September 25, 2020

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We want to assure you - we are still here to help you! We are open and ready to fulfill your screenings!!
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We want to assure you - we are still here to help you! We are open and ready to fulfill your screenings!!

Also included: Information on court closures and I-9 process not changed

We are keeping abreast of the rapidly changing coronavirus COVID-19 situation. We continue to keep the safety and wellbeing of our employees, their families and our customers our highest priority. We know these are uncertain times and we are here for you.

Since last week's message, we have been alerted to many court closures, which could affect the processing of your reports and cause delays. We are posting regular updates to our customer website of the closures we are aware of from our sources. Things are changing very rapidly, so the list may not be all inclusive, but we are doing our best to keep it updated for you. 

We have also been alerted by USCIS that the I-9 process has not been relaxed or changed. This is what we received from them this week:

The current policy For I9 remains in effect and indicates, in part: “When completing Form I-9, the employer or authorized representative must physically examine, with the employee being physically present, each document presented to determine if it reasonably appears to be genuine and relates to the employee presenting it.  Reviewing or examining documents via webcam is not permissible.” Further, the current requirement found at Section 4.0 of M-274 says: “Within three business days of the date employment begins, the employee must present to you an original document or documents that show their identity and employment.”

To stay abreast of any current or future USCIS closings, please visit  https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings

Please rest assured that we are monitoring the quickly evolving situation very closely and taking additional steps to enhance our preparedness to ensure that everyone at OPENonline feels safe and is able to continue with business as usual. 

Thank you for your continued trust in OPENonline!

This is not legal advice. For legal advice, please seek legal counsel.

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