Our organization is storing more and more records electronically. We are planning to move to electronic storage of our Employment Eligibility Verification forms (Forms I-9). I heard the Department of Homeland Security finalized its rule on electronic storage of I-9s. What are the changes from the former Interim Rule on electronic storage?

On July 21, 2010, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it had finalized a regulation that provides greater flexibility for employers to electronically sign and store I-9 forms, which are used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to verify employment. The Final Rule, published in the Federal Register on July 22nd […]

I have an awesome professional candidate to fill a critical specialty position in our organization. She is a foreign national and says she needs an “H-1B” visa. I have heard that H-1Bs are subject to an annual quota. Are they still available?

According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (“USCIS”) most recent update, provided on June 25, 2010, USCIS has received approximately 23,500 H-1B petitions subject to the 65,000 annual cap. Additionally, USCIS has received approximately 10,000 petitions for foreign workers with advanced degrees, (Master’s degrees or higher) from U.S. institutions, subject to the 20,000 […]

What is a “tip credit” and what effect does it have upon the minimum wage paid to “tipped employees” in Florida?

Under Florida law, employers are required to pay employees the state minimum wage rate for all hours worked unless, the federal minimum wage becomes higher than the state rate or the employee is a “tipped employee.” A “tipped employee” is one who customarily and regularly receives more than $30 per month in tips.  Under both […]

Should Airlines Control their Security Checks?

Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. government nationalized the nation’s airport security.  But now critics – namely, Fox Business Network host John Stossel – are calling for the government to privative the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  Stossell, who came to fame in many of his on-air, libertarian-skewed pieces on ABC’s news magazine […]


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