U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced an extension of the flexibilities in rules related to Form I-9 compliance that was granted earlier this year. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend this policy until March 31, 2021. On March 19, 2020, DHS announced that it would exercise prosecutorial discretion to defer the physical presence requirements associated with the Form I-9 completion requirements under section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This policy only applies to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely. NOTE: If there are employees physically present at a work location, no exceptions are being implemented at this time for in-person verification of identity and employment eligibility documentation for Form I-9. Any questions, please reach out to your HNM attorney.