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What Happens if my Employee is Not Authorized to Work in the U.S.?

Are your I-9 files in good shape?  Here are five documentation scenarios that will help predict the fallout, if any, of having an unauthorized employee discovered in your workforce.  Link to ConsultStu blog.
Florida Work Comp Rates May Decrease 5.4% in 2020

According to an August 29,2019 press release by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the company who files on behalf of Florida's workers' compensation insurance companies, submitted a rate filing for a proposed overall average statewide workers' compensation premium decrease of 5.4% effective date of January 1, 2020.  This would be the third straight year of premium decreases. Read More
How to Write a Performance Improvement Plan

Hiring and training new employees (if you can find them) is expensive and time-consuming. Due to this dilemma, we are often contacted by Florida small business owners to discuss ways to positively address employee performance problems, in hopes of saving a productive employee. A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) can be an excellent stand-alone action to address deficiencies in employee performance - find out how.
Keep Using Expired Form I-9 (for now)

On August 31, the current Form I-9 expired.  USCIS posted a notice that "until further notice, employers should continue using the Form I-9 currently available on I-9 Central, even after the expiration date of Aug. 31, has passed."  When there is updated information, or a new version of the Form I-9, we will alert our clients.

Mandatory Doctor's Note for Pregnant Employee Was Illegal (says EEOC)

In August 2019, an Orlando employer was sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for pregnancy discrimination.  After an employee announced her pregnancy, the owner insisted that a doctor's note clearing her to work was "non-negotiable" before she could keep working.  There was no flexibility on this demand, even though the employee was not asking for any accommodation.  She was fired after she reported for her next scheduled shift.  Without evidence of job performance problems, or a request for job accommodations, an employer may not require a doctor's note just because an employee is pregnant. 
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