Colorado-based employers know that when they onboard an employee one of the compliance related items that must be completed relates to the Employment Eligibility Verification form (Form I-9) and the Colorado Affirmation Form. The Form I-9 is a federal requirement and the affirmation form is a state requirement, which many argued is somewhat duplicative of the Form I-9. Currently, Colorado’s Employment Verification Law (8-2-122, C.R.S.) requires both public and private employers who transact business in Colorado, and for employees hired on or after January 1, 2007, to complete the Colorado Affirmation Form within 20 days of hire as well as keep copies of documents presented for purposes of the Form I-9.
Effective August 10, 2016 Colorado employers will no longer need to complete the Colorado Affirmation Form thanks to passage of House Bill 16-1114 by Colorado’s legislature. The legislation was signed by Governor Hickenlooper on June 8, 2016.
To be clear, until August 10, 2016 Colorado based employers must continue to complete the Colorado Affirmation Form and maintain copies of documents presented with the Form I-9.