Monday, February 25, 2013

APPL Conference - March 10-13, 2013

While it's on my mind, I wanted to get down in writing that I'll be attending the annual Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) conference in Portland, Oregon the second week of March. 

Bill and I attended last year in Las Vegas and were treated to much learning and appearances by Teddy Roosevelt, Elvis Presley, and a walking / talking granola bar.  It also included many mini-reunions for Bill with Parkie friends from over the years.

Like last year, I hope to meet many employers in the National Parks, State Parks, Wilderness Areas, etc., who may need our assistance in finding great employees who don't want to work in traditional offices, but rather get out of town and into the wilderness.

Find me, Q, or Kari, at booth 825 in the trade show held at the Oregon Convention Center on Tuesday, March 12th through Thursday, March 14th.

Check out the APPL conference website for more detailed information and schedules.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

E-Verify and the I-9

I attended a webinar today sponsored by Maximus and presented by staff members of the USCIS (DHS) about E-Verify.  From the USCIS website, here is the definition of E-Verify.

"E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility."

According to their website, 98.3% of E-Verify cases are automatically confirmed.

I know that some of our clients utilize this service, but now I have a better idea of what that means and why certain clients had to add it. Here is a summary of changes I learned about as contrasted to a world before E-Verify.

Before:  When I, as an HR professional, used to have new hires complete the I-9 (Employment Verification) Form, I would tell them that the Social Security Number was not required.

Now:  If you utilize E-Verify, you are required to collect the Social Security Number because you will need it to complete the E-Verify request.

Before: You were not required to make photo copies of the documents presented (unless you did so for all employees).

Now:  Photo Matching is a part of the process.  If the employee presents one of the following photo documents -  I-551 (Permanent Resident Card), Form I-766 (Employment Authorization Document), or U.S. Passport or passport card - then you must keep a copy of that document along with the I-9.

As I understand there are two main goals of E-Verify. 
  1. Helps employers maintain a legal workforce.
  2. Prevents discrimination against legal employees by preventing the hiring of illegal employees.
E-Verify is not federally mandated, but there are states where it is required.  Check their website to see if you are required to use the program.

Also, if you do participate in E-Verify, you are required to post two different posters in both English and Spanish.  They can be on-line if that's where your employees would primarily learn of the program.

When you have completed the Employment Verification process you need to annotate the unique case number on the employee's I-9 Form.

Some final caveats:
  • E-Verify cannot be used as a pre-screening tool.  It is only to be utilized once the employer/employee relationship has been established through an accepted job offer.
  • If you elect to use E-Verify, it must be consistently utilized on all employees.
  • It does not replace the I-9.  It just helps to verify employees right to work.
If you have any questions, the USCIS offers numerous webinars and has a robust Q&A section.

I hope this helps some of you make the decision to use the system or simply answer your questions.  Happy Verifying!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Job Posting Field Guide

First, you've come to the right place to post your seasonal and summer jobs in great places.  Now, we know you are based in a great location, but what makes your job interesting and desirable to a job candidate?  Here are some great tips from Killer Infographics Seattle.  Check it out!

Infographic - The Job Posting Field Guide