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USCIS ISSUES NEW FORM I-9 FOR U.S. EMPLOYEES

On November 14, 2016 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Implemented in 1986 by the Immigration Reform and Control Act, employers use Form I-9 to verify a person’s identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. Employers are required to keep an I-9 Form on file for every employee on their payroll. Changes to the Form that employers should be aware... Read More

TOP 10 REASONS TO HIRE A MILITARY VETERAN

“Capitol Hill Democrats and Republicans lowered their swords long enough to pass the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, which dangles tax credits at employers as incentive to hire military veterans.  But Veterans Day is a reminder that there’re plenty of other reasons to hire military vets. Here are 10 of them, courtesy of the U.S. Labor Department: Accelerated learning curve: Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts.... Read More

NEVADA JOINS NINE OTHER STATES IN PROHIBITING USE OF CONSUMER CREDIT REPORTS FOR EMPLOYMENT

On October 1, 2013, Nevada will be the tenth state to prohibit the use of credit information for employment purposes. This new law was introduced by Senator Parks on February 18, 2013.  This bill was intended to “prohibit employers from conditioning employment on a consumer credit report or other credit information.” Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed the bill into law on May 25, 2013 and it goes into effect on October 1, 2013.   The... Read More

JOB SEEKERS BEWARE – BBB WARNS AGAINST INTERNET JOB SCAMS

“As the economy recovers around Acadiana and the U.S., more and more jobs are becoming available on sites such as Craigslist in a variety of different employment fields. But the increase in employment opportunities and resulting jobs listings also opens the door to scammers high jacking the names of real companies to put out job applications geared at identity theft, not employment. Even as the internet has made searching for jobs easier, it... Read More

WORKPLACE BULLIES AND HOW TO STOP THEM

“If you have ever worked in a team setting before, then chances are you have either worked with, for, or alongside a “workplace bully.”  But what exactly is the difference between a workplace bully and just a mean boss or a difficult coworker? A workplace bully doesn’t just yell at you for making a mistake, he/she yells at you in front of the rest of your team, whether you made a mistake or not.  A workplace bully doesn’t just pick... Read More

EX-TECH PROFESSOR ADMITS LYING OVER EMPLOYMENT

A former Georgia Tech professor will serve five years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to lying about being under contract with both the Atlanta university and the University of Minnesota simultaneously. Authorities say Francois Sainfort was sentenced Monday in Fulton County. Sainfort and his wife, Julie Jacko, were charged a year ago with conspiracy to defraud, theft by taking and making false statements. Authorities said the duo was double-billing... Read More

PEPSI BEVERAGES PAYS $3.1M IN RACIAL BIAS CASE

Pepsi Beverages Co. will pay $3.1 million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants — even if they weren’t convicted of a crime. The settlement announced Wednesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is part of a national government crackdown on hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics. EEOC officials said the company’s policy of not hiring... Read More

HOSPITAL QUITS HIRING SMOKERS, INTRODUCES NICOTINE TESTS FOR MEDICAL WORKERS

Smokers in the medical field now have another reason to quit as a Pennsylvania hospital has said it will no longer hire smokers and is introducing nicotine tests in order to enforce the rule. Geisinger Health System’s smoke-free health policy will go into effect on Feb. 1, according to KKTV.com. “Not only do we want to practice what we preach, but we also want our employees to feel healthy, we want our patients and visitors to feel that... Read More

HUNDREDS OF PRISONERS REGISTER AS TAX PREPARERS

Hundreds of prison inmates have found new careers behind bars — by registering with the IRS as income tax preparers. A total of 331 inmates were serving prison terms when they got active or provisional tax preparer tax identification numbers from the IRS, according to an audit issued by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Forty-three of those applicants were serving life sentences at the time. Yet none of the lifers disclosed... Read More

POLICE: TEENS DRINKING BLEACH TO PASS DRUG TESTS

People will go to great lengths to pass a drug test, but the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office says there is a popular trend among young people who try to beat these tests and it could kill you. Some have been ingesting bleach. With a quick search, your browser will be flooded with products claiming to wash away any drugs in your system. There are drinks, chewable tablets and a prosthetic called the Whizzinator. Sergeant Joe Mahoney with the Mobile... Read More

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