Archive | February, 2020

March is Ladder Safety Month – Every Step Matters!

28 Feb
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March Is Ladder Safety Month
Every Step Matters!  
Are You Putting the Right Foot Forward?
Every year over 100 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Raise awareness of ladder safety and to decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities view OSHA Information on Ladder Safety.
National Ladder Safety Month is the only movement dedicated exclusively to the promotion of ladder safety – whether agriculture, general industry, construction, or mobile ladder stands … at home or at work.
National Safety Goals:
  • Provide safety training on use of ladders – emphasizing the three-point
    contact rule (one hand and two feet or two hands and one foot on the
    ladder at all times.
  • Lower the ladder-related safety citations on OSHA’s Top 10 “Citations List”
  • Decrease number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities
  • Inspect ladders regularly and properly dispose of old, damaged or obsolete ladders
Every Step Matters:
Ladder hazards can be eliminated or substantially reduced by following good safety practices. Do you have the training material you need to comply with OSHA and ensure the best and safest workplace?

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Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Update

11 Feb

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Important Update – Form I-9 Now Available

Employers: Prepare for I-9 Instructions
I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification
I-9 Forms verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the US. All U.S. employers must properly complete Form I-9 for every individual they hire for employment – both citizens and noncitizens.
The Process: Employees and employers (or employer designee) must
complete the form. Employees present their employer with acceptable documents evidencing identity and employment authorization. Employers
then verify the employment eligibility/identity document(s) submitted and
record the document information on the Form I-9. Employers are required
to retain Form I-9 and make it available for inspection by authorized
government officers.
USCIS Changes to the I-9 Form & Instructions:

1. Form:
Revised the Country of Issuance field in Section (1) and the Issuing Authority field (when selecting a foreign passport) in Section (2) to add Eswatini and Macedonia, North per those countries’ recent name changes. (Note: This change is only visible when completing the fillable Form I-9 on a computer.)

2. Instructions:
  • Clarified who can act as an authorized representative on behalf of an employer
  • Updated USCIS website addresses
  • Provided clarifications on acceptable documents for Form I-9
  • Updated the process for requesting paper Forms I-9
  • Updated the DHS Privacy Notice
With a 10/21/19 revision date, the new version can be used starting (1/31/20) – or the employer may continue to use the 07/17/17 N version until April 30, 2020. However, beginning May 1, 2020, employers may only use the new form.

Penalties exist for using an outdated form. Remember: you don‘t need to update forms for existing employees, just use the new form I-9 for new hires after today. If you use an electronic vendor for your I-9s – whether a stand-alone product or included in your HRIS – observe the coming days and weeks to ensure that the form has been updated and is included in your software!

  • One common question is about authorized representatives for Section (2) completion (in the case of remote workers). The rule itself is no different, but the USCIS has clarified the instructions as follows:
“You may designate an authorized representative to act on your behalf to
complete Section 2. An authorized representative can be any person you
designate to complete and sign Form I-9 on your behalf. You are liable
for any violations in connection with the form or the verification process,
including any violations of the employer sanctions laws committed by the
person designated to act on your behalf.”
  • The USCIS has also clarified that you don‘t need to fill in “N/A” for unused fields in Section (2).
  • A helpful tool in the instructions is found on 8-11 where there are abbreviations listed for each possible document.
To Download the new Form I-9 click HERE
 For questions about I-9 revisions, visit: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9

or contact Wendy Garcia for additional clarification.
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Coronavirus: Employers – Don’t Panic, But Be Prepared

6 Feb

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Employers Important Update
Employers Must Make Decisions on
Current Information About This Virus
The rapidly developing outbreak of novel Corona virus (nCoV-2019) in central China is sparking fears of a widespread health threat, a pandemic even, but right now there are as many questions as there are answers. Some cities around the world have declared a crisis and closed schools and non-essential businesses.
Preventive Steps
There is no specific or preventative treatment for nCoV-2019. Infected persons “should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms,” CDC says. Authorities are urging individuals to practice these preventive steps, which is wise considering we’re still in the flu season:
  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or at least use a hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Avoid “presenteeism” – going to work when you are sick. If you are ill, stay home;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away; and
  • Frequently clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces.
  • Surgical masks can help prevent infecting others if you are ill but will not prevent you from inhaling germs.

Click Here to learn about the latest information and what you can do for your employees:

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