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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 anissa.wilson@staffone.com.

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”

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”

IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadlines for Employers

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What’s Happening…

The Internal Revenue Service recently extended the deadline for 2015 Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting, giving employers subject to the requirements some relief.

What does this mean for you?

The agency extended the deadlines for both furnishing to individuals reporting forms and filing them with the IRS.  Starting in 2016, applicable large employers must report whether an individual is covered by minimum essential coverage, and confirm that an offer of minimum essential coverage that provides minimum value was made to each full time employee. Continue reading “IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadlines for Employers”

DOL to Release OT Rule in Late 2016

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What’s Happening…

The Department of Labor (DOL) will not release its final rule revising which workers are and are not eligible for overtime until late 2016. “The later the final rule is published, the smaller the window of time the department can allow before the new regulations become effective,” Paul DeCamp, attorney and former administrator of the Wage and Hour Division. Continue reading “DOL to Release OT Rule in Late 2016”

OSHA Fines Increase

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What’s Happening…

Recently, there has been a drastic increase in OSHA fines for workplace safety violations.

What does this mean for you?

Federal penalties for workplace safety violations increased in a budget bill signed by President Obama. The bill raised federal U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fines for workplace safety violations for the first time in 25 years. Continue reading “OSHA Fines Increase”

DOL Publishes Proposed Changes

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What’s happening…

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) published proposed changes to increase the minimum required salary for employees under the overtime exemptions rules.

What does this mean for you?

Under the proposed rule, the new salary threshold would go from $23,660 per year or $455 per week to $50,440 per year or $970 per week. As the DOL progresses in these proposed changes, Staff One is advising all clients to take a close look at their employees’ current salary basis to determine which employees potentially could be impacted, should these proposed changes become finalized. Continue reading “DOL Publishes Proposed Changes”

HR Alert: OSHA Posters Available

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What’s Happening…

OSHA Redesigns “It’s the Law” Poster

OSHA has updated its Job Safety and Health – It’s the Law! poster intended to educate workers about their rights and employers about their obligations for a safe workplace.

What does this mean for you?

The redesigned, free poster reminds workers about their right to report an occupational injury or illness, receive information and training about workplace hazards, ask for an OSHA inspection at their workplace, and avoid retaliation for pointing out safety concerns to their employer or to OSHA. Continue reading “HR Alert: OSHA Posters Available”