When President Obama announced a series of executive actions last month, he was looking to reform some of the immigration law. What he also did is put a spotlight on employers and I-9 forms. If you are an employer, keep in mind that you are at risk of an I-9 audit as employers are required by law to maintain for inspection original Forms I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) for all current employees. . In the case of former employees, retention of Forms I-9 is required for a period of at least three years from the date of hire or for one year after the employee is no longer employed, whichever is longer.