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Photo of Jackie Marks
Oct 01 2020
COVID-19Hiring  

Form I-9 remote inspection extended until November 19, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security has again extended its temporary relaxation of the standards for physically inspecting a new worker's employment eligibility documents when completing the Form I-9. This is the fifth extension of the relaxed standard, which will now expire on November 19, 2020. As we originally reported, Homeland Security relaxed the requirement for employers operating…

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Oct 01 2020
COVID-19HiringLeave LawsTermination & Resignation  

CALIFORNIA: San Francisco enacts additional COVID-19 job protections

Effective September 11, 2020, employers in San Francisco face steep penalties if they take adverse action against workers who are absent or request time off because they test positive for COVID-19, or because they isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. The new ordinance offers job protections for…

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Photo of Diane Buisman
Sep 08 2020
COVID-19Hiring  

Form I-9 remote inspection extended again, through September 19, 2020

The federal Department of Homeland Security has again extended its temporary relaxation of the standards for physically inspecting a new worker's employment eligibility documents when completing the Form I-9. This is the fourth 30-day extension of the relaxed standard, with the new expiration now September 19, 2020. As we originally reported, Homeland Security relaxed the requirement for…

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Aug 20 2020
COVID-19Hiring  

Q&A: Expired List B documents temporarily okay for Form I-9

Question: Can we accept an expired driver’s license for the Form I-9 during this COVID-19 pandemic? Answer: Yes, at least for now, if the license expired on or after March 1, 2020. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a temporary policy in place during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic allowing employers to…

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Photo of Diane Buisman
Jul 09 2020
COVID-19Hiring  

Form I-9 remote inspection extended again, through July 19, 2020

The federal Department of Homeland Security has announced another extension of its temporarily relaxed standard regarding physical inspection of a new worker's employment eligibility documents when completing the Form I-9. This is the second 30-day extension of the relaxed standard, with the new expiration now July 19, 2020. As we previously reported, Homeland Security relaxed the requirement for…

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Photo of Diane Buisman
Mar 24 2020
COVID-19Hiring  

Remote inspection of Form I-9 allowed during COVID-19 emergency

The federal Department of Homeland Security has relaxed the standard regarding the need to physically inspect a new employee’s employment eligibility documents when filling out Form I-9, if the employer is unable to do so during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) national emergency (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Press Release, March 20,…

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Feb 11 2020
HiringImmigration  

New Form I-9 released on January 31, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finally updated Form I-9 and its accompanying instructions—both have a “10/21/2019” revision date in the lower left corner, although they weren't released until January 31, 2020. Employers must use the updated version to verify new hires’ identities and employment eligibility no later than April 30, 2020. The changes are…

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Jan 28 2020
HiringImmigration  

Q&A: Don’t ask for more documents than I-9 requires

Question: Can our company demand specific documents we want a new hire to produce in order to verify identity and employment eligibility? Answer: No. Demanding that new hires show you specific employment verification documents can expose your company to liability for “documentation abuse.” It’s considered documentation abuse under the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act…

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Nov 13 2019
Q&ADisabilityHiring  

Q&A: Catch-all language in job description not much help in ADA defense

Question: Is it okay to have the language “other duties as required” in a job description? Answer: Sure, it’s common to include that catch-all language in a job description. However, you shouldn’t rely on that language to incorporate regular duties that are important for the particular job. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employer…

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Photo of Kandis Sells
May 17 2019
HiringWage and Hour  

WASHINGTON: Law restricts salary inquiries and requires disclosures

WASHINGTON: Law restricts salary inquiries and requires disclosures Last week, Governor Inslee signed amendments to the Washington Equal Pay and Opportunities Act, which will prohibit employers from asking candidates about their prior salary history, and require employers to provide wage scales or salary ranges to candidates upon request. When this new…

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