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Hiring interviews

June 12th, 2018 Frank Day, Robbin Hutton and Jessica Asbridge at Ford Harrison LLP

The employment interview is the most used and often the least valid selection device used by management.  Too often interviewers are ill prepared and may be influenced by irrelevant personality factors to determine who is best for the job.  That is why we suggest having more than one person interview each of the candidates.  Of course, each interviewer should be trained on the “hows” of conducting an interview.

Preparing for an interview
When interviewing candidates, it is helpful to remember the following four points:

The Form I-9 has changed… Again!

June 12th, 2018 hrsimple

Immigration enforcement is a major priority for the Trump Administration. Work site enforcement and I-9 audits and inquiries by ICE have been increasing and they will continue to increase. In addition to this, yet another new I-9 form was issued in 2017. All employers must use the new Form I-9 during the hiring process by September 18, 2017.

The newest version of the Form I-9 is dated in the bottom left corner, 07/17/17, with the expiration date of 08/31/2019 in the top left corner. On September 18, 2017, use only the Form I-9 that contain these two dates, and make sure the I-9 is fully complete. Section 1 must be completed on the first day an employee works for you.

The changes to the new I-9 Form do not stop with the form itself - there were changes made to both the Form I-9 and the Form I-9 instructions.  All employers should make sure to post the new Form I-9 instructions on the wall where you have your required employment posters and have the List A, B and C page available for employees when they complete the I-9 form.

Let’s look at the silver lining! This change in the form may be a good reminder to conduct an internal I-9 audit and I-9 training to help ensure proper compliance with the immigration, employment verification, and E-Verify requirements, unless you’ve already done so when the (last) new I-9 form was released earlier this year.  

It pays to take the time to ensure your I-9s are in compliance as the fines have increased significantly.  Companies who previously had one audit are likely on the list for a second.  Those companies who already experienced a second I-9 audit and violations were noted, are likely to see a third audit.

Whew! Who knew immigration requirements and paperwork could be so dynamic?

Service dogs at work

October 24th, 2018 hrsimple

(Customer) service dogs at work can work. Our authors @Littler help show how here

 

Bring your own gun

June 12th, 2018 hrsimple

In this topsy turvy world we are living in, employee safety is top of mind for employers. But what do you do when one employee’s safety precautions make other employees feel unsafe? Do firearms have a place in the modern day work place? What has this world become? 

Click here to read more from SHRM.