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New I-9 Forms Effective 1/22/17

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What’s happening…

Effective January 22, 2017, employers must use the revised Form I-9 Employee Eligibility Verification for all new employees, and for any existing employees requiring re-verification.

What does this mean for you?

Federal law requires that U.S. employers complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for every employee. The I-9 form is used to verify employees’ identity and eligibility for employment. The new presidential administration will be ramping up enforcement of I-9s, and penalties are substantial, ranging up to $2,000 per error. There are several differences between the old form and the new form.
A “smart form” is available from the USCIS website, with drop-down menus and prompts to help minimize errors. This form must be printed, then signed and dated manually. Employers also have the option of downloading the form, converting it to a fillable PDF form, and using electronic document signature software such as Docusign to sign the form. This electronic Form I-9 may be maintained electronically, without paper copies.
Request your free form here or watch a step-by-step tutorial of how to complete the new Form I-9 correctly.
How We Help
Staff One HR keeps clients up-to-date about changes in employment-related laws and regulations. If you have questions about the new Form I-9, penalties, compliance or other HR issues, please call 214.736.7294 or email Director of HR Services Anissa Wilson, PHR, SHRM-CP, at

New I-9 Forms Required January 22 — Are You Ready?

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Beginning January 22, 2017, all U.S. businesses will be required to use the new Form I-9, released on November 14, 2016 by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Check out How to complete an I-9 form, a 9-minute tutorial by HR Manager Mallory Basore, PHR, SHRM-CP.  She not only discusses features of the new form, but provides tips on potential pitfalls that could result in penalties.

What is Form I-9, anyway?  The I-9 form, also known as the Employment Eligibility Verification Form, is provided by the U.S. federal government for employers to use in verifying that job applicants are eligible for employment in the United States.  This form is required for every employee hired after November 6, 1986.

What’s different about the new form?  The new I-9 form replaces the 2013 version, and can be completed online, although it must be printed and signed.  Several other upgrades have been made to the document to help employers avoid common mistakes that could result in penalties.

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8 Great Ways to Improve Your Company Culture

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8 great ways to improve company cultureCompany culture and employee engagement must begin at the highest levels of an organization.  A grassroots movement from rank-and-file employees cannot be successful if the company’s leaders are not on board.  When your C-level team shows enthusiasm and willingness to participate in company events, allocate funds for team-building activities, and listen to and act on feedback from employees at all levels, your company culture will indeed thrive.

Continue reading “8 Great Ways to Improve Your Company Culture”

Judge Temporarily Blocks DOL’s OT Regulations

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What’s happening…

On November 22, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant III issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing revised white collar overtime exemptions. The regulatory revisions, which would have become effective December 1, 2016, would have doubled to $47,476 the salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay. Continue reading “Judge Temporarily Blocks DOL’s OT Regulations”

Business Owners: What is your greatest fear?

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Business owner biggest fearFear is behind far too many of the decisions we make each day.  We fear being rejected by a love interest, we fear being ostracized at work, we fear that our project will not turn out as planned, and we sometimes let fear paralyze our progress, keeping us from attempting something beyond our comfort zones. Continue reading “Business Owners: What is your greatest fear?”

Inc. Magazine Unveils 35th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies–the Inc. 5000

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For the 2nd Time, Staff One HR Appears on the Inc. 5000 list, Ranking No. 3,552 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 89%

NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Inc. magazine today ranked Staff One HR No. 3,552 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000. Continue reading “Inc. Magazine Unveils 35th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies–the Inc. 5000”

PEO Marketing Strategies for a Variety of Markets

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Amy HerveyWhile some PEOs operate in a limited geographic area, others serve clients and worksite employees across the nation. Universally, we strive to build our client base through various forms of marketing.

While its components have changed dramatically over the last 30 years, at its most basic, marketing is simply the way you communicate information about your company and its services. Most marketing efforts can be categorized as branding or lead generation, but in reality, everything you do affects your company’s brand. From the color and style of your company logo to the design of your website, and from the proposals you present to the appearance and style of the people delivering them, every single aspect either strengthens your brand or chips away at it. Continue reading “PEO Marketing Strategies for a Variety of Markets”

OSHA Increases Maximum Penalty Amounts

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What’s Happening?

On July 1, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a rule substantially increasing the civil penalty amounts that may be imposed on employers that violate workplace safety and health standards.  The increased amounts will apply only to penalties proposed by OSHA on or after August 1, 2016. Continue reading “OSHA Increases Maximum Penalty Amounts”

Winning the Battle for Top Talent

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CelebratingEmployers face more challenges today than ever before.  From regulatory compliance to recruiting, the face of business has changed, and will continue to at an increasing rate.  Smart business owners and managers remain agile and flexible in both their worldviews and their business plans, adapting to the changing landscape on an almost-daily basis. Continue reading “Winning the Battle for Top Talent”