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Newsletter                                   January 2017


On November 9, 2016, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services published a revised version of the I-9 form.  Employers have until January 22, 2017 to start using the new form. The form will be easier to complete on a computer and changes include:
  • Section 1 asks for "other last names used" rather than "other names used," 
  • Streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals
  • The addition of prompts to ensure information is entered correctly
  • The ability to enter multiple preparers and translators
  • A dedicated area for including additional information rather than having to add it in the margins
  • A supplemental page for the preparer/translator
If you have questions or would like access to the new form click here.

OSHA, Drugs, And Rock 'n' Roll: A Musical Soundtrack To The New Drug Testing Rule

Attorney Travis Vance of Fisher Phillips wrote, "Significant changes in workplace safety law took effect on December 1 when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) new drug testing and anti-retaliation rule went into effect. The rule, which reemphasizes the protections for employees to report injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation, also alters the circumstances under which you can require your employees to submit to a drug test."

January HR Checklist

Post OSHA log:
If your organization is required to post the 300 log, make sure it is posted by February 1.

Begin using the new I-9 form:
All employers are required to use the new form starting January 22, 2017. 

Streamline and Improve HR processes:
With the new year, set a goal to focus on leveraging technology, reducing re-work, benefit enrollment processes, electronic on-boarding, to name a few.  At HR Partners, we have technology to assist you with each of these areas.

Prioritize Professional Development and Leadership Training
Make 2017 the year to focus on helping your managers be better leaders and make sure they are properly trained in areas of compliance and interviewing.  At HR Partners, our training experts deliver comprehensive programs on specific issues such as sexual harassment, interviewing skills, equal employment opportunity, employee benefits and compensation, FMLA and more.  We would love to assist you with training classes this year.

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