Employment Forms Required for New Hires

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When conducting a job search, it is important to be aware of the employment forms that companies may require so you are prepared to interview, prepared to be hired, and ready to start a new job. The last thing you need is a glitch and missing documentation that could stall the hiring process. Employment forms you may need include job applications, W-2 forms, an I-9 form, and a W-4 form.

If you don't have the original documentation that you will need before an employer can put you on the payroll, order copies now, so, you'll be ready to start work immediately once you get a job offer.

Employment Forms

Job Application Forms
Many employers require candidates for employment, even for top level positions, to fill out an application so they have documentation of experience and education. Applicants will need to provide details and dates of past employment and education, as well as of credentials and certifications. At some point in the hiring process you may be required to provide college transcripts or other proof of your degree.

W2 Forms
Employers may ask for copies of your W2 forms to verify your compensation prior to making a job offer. Here is information on whether it makes sense to comply and how to obtain copies of your W-2 forms if you don't have them.

W-4 Form
The W-4 Form is completed by an employee so the employer can withhold the correct amount of federal income tax from your pay. When you are hired for a new job, you will be required to complete a W4 Form to let your employer know how much tax to withhold.

I-9 Form
When hired for a new job, employees are required to prove that they are legally entitled to work in the United States. An Employment Eligibility Verification form (I-9 Form) must be completed and kept on file by the employer. You will be required to produce original documentation verifying your eligibility to work.

E-Verify is a system for employers to document and confirm the eligibility of employees to work in the United States by comparing the I-9 (Employment Eligibility Form) information supplied by all workers to Social Security Administration, Homeland Security and Department of State records.

How to Replace Lost Documents

Unemployment Forms

Unemployment insurance benefits are available for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. Eligibility requirements for collecting unemployment compensation vary from state to state. So, it always makes sense to check eligibility with your state Unemployment Office if you are not sure whether you qualify for unemployment benefits.

How to File for Unemployment
Eligibility requirements, disqualifications, where to file, how to file, benefits, rates, and answers to questions on unemployment compensation.