A notice published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2012 by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an extension of the public comment period on changes in a second draft of the new proposed ‘Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification’ that employers must complete for all newly hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States. The notice, which has a 30-day comment period ending on September 21, 2012, is available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-22/pdf/2012-20631.pdf. The second draft of new Form I-9 is available at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCIS-2006-0068-0205. Continue reading
A bill recently signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett – Act No. 127 (formerly Senate Bill 637), The Public Works Employment Verification Act – requires all public works contractors and subcontractors with the state to enroll in and use the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system to verify the legal work authorization status of newly hired employees in the United States. The text of the new legislation, which will take effect January 1, 2013, is available here: The Public Works Employment Verification Act. Continue reading
With some job candidates falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments in order to find work in a competitive job market, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webinar “Employment and Education Verifications How to Tell What Is Real and What Is Not” on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST. To register for the webinar, the third of four webinars in ‘A Guide to the Essentials of Safe Hiring eProgram Series’ with the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), visit: http://m360.nchra.org/event.aspx?eventID=38881&instance=0. Continue reading
Adding to the recent changes in laws regarding the use of employment credit checks and E-Verify by employers in the Golden State, California Governor Jerry Brown has approved Senate Bill 459 (SB 459) that enacts stiff penalties – including fines of $5,000 to $10,000 for first violations and up to $25,000 for repeat violations – for employers found to have “voluntarily and knowingly” misclassified workers as independent contractors. To read the full text of SB 459, which will take effect January 1, 2012, visit: http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0451-0500/sb_459_bill_20111009_chaptered.pdf. Continue reading
Ruling on the recently-enacted Alabama immigration law House Bill 56 (H.B. 56), Chief Judge Sharon Blackburn of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama has issued a 115 page opinion upholding the order that Alabama employers must confirm the work authorized status of all new workers using the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system beginning April 1, 2012 or face penalties for hiring unauthorized aliens. In addition, businesses in Alabama must enroll in E-Verify by January 1, 2012 and attest by sworn affidavit to not knowingly employ, hire, or continue to employ unauthorized aliens to receive government contracts and grants from the State. Continue reading
Designed to increase tax compliance and provide past payroll tax relief to employers, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched a new Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) that will enable employers to resolve past worker classification issues and achieve certainty under the tax law at a low cost by voluntarily reclassifying their workers, according to a news release from the IRS website.
As part of a series of webcasts for the Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Certification Program from HR.com, safe hiring expert Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of nationwide background check provider Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a one hour webinar on the topic of ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET (10:00 AM to 11:00 PT). To register for this webcast, which is free to HR.com members and approved for 1.0 General credits through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), visit http://www.hr.com/en/webcasts_events/webcasts/upcoming_webcasts/legal-and-effective-reference-checking-and-educati_gpvaargk.html.
To help some frustrated jobseekers succeed in the current job market, one company is offering false job references – complete with job titles, start dates and end dates, and salary – to people seeking employment who are willing to pay a fee plus a monthly subscription. This service that offers phony references from real “Reference Providers” and work histories from “Virtual Companies” is why background checks of job applicants, particularly past employment verifications, have become so vitally important for employers today. Continue reading
While most employers agree knowing the work history of the employees they hire is an essential part of their decision making process, conducting past employment verification and reference checking can often be a very frustrating task since many employers, on advice of legal counsel, have a “no comment” policy that allows only verification of the most basic information such as job titles and the start and end dates and job titles of former employees, according to a ‘Special Report: Obtaining Employment References©.’ Continue reading
Background check expert Lester Rosen, an Attorney at Law and President of nationwide background screening provider Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an educational session at the 2011 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Exposition titled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification.’ The session will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, follow this link. Continue reading