I-9 & E-Verify

Top 5 Background Screening Trends for 2020
Top 5 Background Screening Trends for 2020

Topics like medical marijuana, Ban the Box, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are sure to grab a lot of headlines in 2020, but are they really the HR trends to which you need to pay attention? Not according to the data. We surveyed hundreds of HR professionals, recruiters, and generalists who use screening following the SHRM Annual Conference about what trends you’re watching in 2020. Here’s what’s on your radars.

Screening News Weekly Wrap: December 13th, 2019

The New Year is fast approaching and with it brings lots of expected changes for the background screening industry. New medicinal and recreational marijuana laws will have big implications for employers and employees alike, and E-Verify will take center stage as part of President Donald Trump’s immigration reform. This week’s EBI Screening News Weekly Wrap presented by Jennifer Gladstone sheds light on these upcoming changes, and also explores expanded efforts to help more U.S. military veterans land jobs.

Screening News Weekly Wrap: November 22nd, 2019

Fact checking is a huge component of background screening. Whether you’re the business owner or the employee, it’s important to verify the information included in a background check report. EBI knows quality matters and we’re proud to share we have nearly perfect accuracy. But as this week’s EBI Screening News Weekly Wrap presented by Jennifer Gladstone shows us, when you don’t double-check the facts things can go wrong – quickly. And the implications can be disastrous. Please note there will be no Screening News Updates during the week of November 24th and the EBI offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving with our families. 

I-9 Audit: Common Mistakes and How to Prevent Them
I-9 Audit: Common Mistakes and How to Prevent Them

For such a short form, the I-9 can cause some real headaches for employers. In fact, it takes a 70-page handbook to explain how to fill out just two pages! A mistake like forgetting to sign one of the sections or missing a deadline might seem like a minor detail, but it can cause a lot of problems and cost you a lot of money.

I-9 Verification for Remote Employees: What You Need to Know
I-9 Verification for Remote Employees: What You Need to Know

The federal government requires all new hires to present documentation that proves they can legally work in the United States. For citizens that could be a passport, a driver’s license or Social Security card. Non-citizens have to show documents that prove they are in the country legally and that they have permission to work. The Form I-9 has to be filled out properly and stored in case Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (ICE) show up at your business to conduct an audit—which is getting more and more likely these days. Since 2009 I-9 audits have gone up nearly 2,000%. And considering an average of 68% of the forms have errors, this is an issue employers really need to focus on. HR managers can easily get the Form I-9 filled out and filed away for local employees, but what about I-9 for remote employees?

Form I-9 Frequently Asked Questions – Part 3
Form I-9 Frequently Asked Questions – Part 3

All employers are required to complete and store a Form I-9 for each new employee hired to work in the United States. Although this Employment Eligibility Verification Form is mandated and enforced by the federal government, it remains the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the entire Form I-9 is properly completed and signed within 3 business days of the first day of work.   Despite the form appearing simple on its face, our partners at I-9 Advantage tell us they receive countless questions about the Form I-9 and the rules surrounding its completion. The Screening News Network sat down with Corporate Immigration Counsel, Sathab Abbo, to shed some light on the questions they hear most. Here is the conclusion of our 3-part I-9 FAQ discussion:

Form I-9 Frequently Asked Questions – Part 2
Form I-9 Frequently Asked Questions – Part 2

All employers are required to complete and store a Form I-9 for each new employee hired to work in the United States. Although this Employment Eligibility Verification Form is mandated and enforced by the federal government, it remains the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the entire Form I-9 is properly completed and signed within 3 business days of the first day of work.

Form I-9 Frequently Asked Questions – Part 1
Form I-9 Frequently Asked Questions – Part 1

All employers are required to complete and store a Form I-9 for each new employee hired to work in the United States. Although this Employment Eligibility Verification Form is mandated and enforced by the federal government, it remains the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the entire Form I-9 is properly completed and signed within 3 business days of the first day of work.   Despite the form appearing simple on its face, our partners at I-9 Advantage tell us they receive countless questions about the Form I-9 and the rules surrounding its completion. The Screening News Network sat down with Corporate Immigration Counsel, Sathab Abbo, to shed some light on the questions they hear most. Here is Part 1 of our I-9 FAQ discussion:

Tougher Consequences for I-9 Mistakes as Fines Rise
Tougher Consequences for I-9 Mistakes as Fines Rise

Today’s blog starts with a rags-to-riches, possibly back-to-rags story. David Jones was one of 58 children born to a practicing polygamist living in abject poverty in Mexico. Jones left Mexico for America when he was 15 and supported himself doing drywall. He became invaluable to his employer, Ketchikan Drywall in Seattle. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Dor Reno, the owner of the company depended on Jones to provide hundreds of cheap laborers, but it turns out most of them were in the states illegally. When Jones had a falling out with his boss, he moved across the country to the D.C. area and started his own firm, DJ Drywall. For years the company followed the same hiring practices. Prosecutors say 89 percent of the workers in the multi-million dollar firm were illegal.

Philly Restaurant Merger Highlights Serious Issue for the Industry
Philly Restaurant Merger Highlights Serious Issue for the Industry

Amis and Pizzeria Vetri have huge followings in the Philadelphia area. In an effort to grow, the family that owns the eateries struck a deal with another Philly company, Urban Outfitters (URBN). The acquisition was a dream come true for chef and owner Marc Vetri, because suddenly he could focus all his energy on the food, while someone else worried about the day-to-day business headaches.

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