New I-9 Form, Unpaid Internships, National Email Scam, and more
New Revised I-9 Form Required Use by September 18th
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a revised version of Form I-9, which all employers will be required to use as of September 18, 2017. This is an update to the new form released earlier this year, and will be mandatory “for all new hires and for re-verifying current employees with expiring employment authorization documentation”.
Unpaid Internships: Experts Warn Employers to Proceed with Caution
The New Jersey Law Journal warns employers that there is a “continuing wave of lawsuits initiated by unpaid interns against their former employers”. The Journal says companies need to pay especially close attention to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and local and state laws that relate to this unique population, and advise employers to pay interns at least the minimum wage.
National Scam Targeting Employees with Emails from High Level Executives
According to tech firm Trivalent, a nationwide email scam has lost companies an estimated $5.3 billion since 2014. MLive reports that the scam involves phishing attacks and fake emails, which appear to come from members of an organization’s C-suite, instructing the employee to transfer funds. Employers should educate their teams about this scam, and issue instructions directing employees on what to do should they receive a fraudulent email.
209,000 Jobs Added in July, Surpassing Expectations
The Department of Labor (DOL) released their July jobs report today, which shows that 209,000 jobs were added last month, beating the expectations of many economists. The New York Times reports that the unemployment rate sits at 4.3 percent, and that hourly earnings rose by 0.3 percent.
Trending Employee Benefit: Pets in the Workplace
A recent survey conducted by pet food brand Purina has found that employees who bring their cats or dogs to work demonstrate lower levels of stress, have lower cholesterol numbers, and have a higher productivity output. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that workers surveyed said that they value the ability to bring their pet to the office more than perks like free coffee and snacks or having an assigned parking space. The survey also found that tech firms tend to be the most pet-friendly workplaces.
New York: Final Paid Family Leave Regulations Adopted
New York’s revised Paid Family Leave Benefits Law has been adopted by the Workers’ Compensation Board, and will be made effective on January 1, 2018. The regulations “will cover employees whose regular employment schedule is at least 20 hours per week and have worked at least 26 consecutive weeks before the first full day of family leave begins”. Employers should review the new legislation to determine if coverage will be necessary.
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