July 2018
HR & Safety News, Insights, and Updates  
ICE Nearly Doubles Worksite I9 Audits in FY18

Seven months ago, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director pledged to increase enforcement of workplace immigration laws. Last month, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced that from Oct. 1, 2017, through May 4, it opened 3,510 worksite investigations; initiated 2,282 I-9 audits; and made 594 criminal and 610 administrative worksite-related arrests, respectively. In fiscal year 2017, HSI conducted 1,360 I9 audits. Businesses that fail to comply with these requirements are subject to penalties of up to $2,236 per violation. Read moreHow to avoid 25 common I9 Form errors
Yikes, Are You Recruiting Without Current Compensation Data? 

In today's candidate-centric market, you need to offer competitive compensation if you want to hire top talent. Companies realize that it is extremely difficult to recruit new (and replacement) employees without an in depth knowledge about market compensation and salaries. Consultstu creates salary benchmark reports using at least 5 open source compensation resources and covering over 800 job positions. Call us today to see how these reports can help your recruiting results.
Roofing Contractor Pays for Overtime Violations

Roofing and siding installation company A Cut Above Exteriors, Inc. paid $74,979 to 34 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Company did not pay employees overtime but instead paid them  a set percentage of the completed job without regard to the number of hours that they worked. Here is how to pay proper overtime - Wage and Hour Fact Sheet.
Question: Do Temporary Employee Injuries Belong on our OSHA 300 Log?

OSHA regulation Section 1904.31 states that an employer must record the injuries and illnesses that occur to employees not on its payroll if it supervises them on a day-to-day basis. Day-to-day supervision generally exists when the employer "supervises not only the output, product, or result to be accomplished by the person's work, but also the details, means, methods, and processes by which the work objective is accomplished."
6 Steps to Start Social Media Recruiting

We all know that the Florida economy is steaming ahead and your best candidates are definitely working for another employer. How can you recruit them? The good news is that when there's a job you need to fill, it's likely the right candidate is on social media right now.  Even if they are not looking for a new job, your social media activity just might interest them to click on your web page or read your job opening. Stop waiting, Here are 6 steps to start using social media recruiting at your small business.
Expiring DOL FMLA Forms Are Still OK to Use

The DOL model FMLA forms and notices are scheduled to expire on July 31, 2018 (after several 30 day extensions) and it is likely that the forms will be renewed (as is) for another three (3) years very soon.  So for now, the latest FMLA forms are good to go and can continue to be used. If your company has grown to over fifty (50) employees and could use an easy step-by-step "turn key" FMLA process (and all the needed forms and letters) contact us for information on our FMLA Compliance Manual.
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