Release of the New Form I-9

Ever since the current version of the Form I-9 expired at the end of March 2016, employers have been patiently awaiting the release of the new Form I-9. The wait is finally over. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in September that the updated Form I-9 will be made available by November 22, 2016, with an expiration date of August 21, 2019. The updated form will be available for download at www.uscis.gov.

The current form with the revision date of March 8, 2013, may continue to be used until January 21, 2017. After January 21, 2017, this version of the Form I-9 will be invalid.

The new Form I-9 will now include some ‘smart’ error-checking features, as well as several structural changes. The changes specifically aim to help employers reduce technical errors for which they could be fined. Employers can anticipate many new changes, several of which are outlined below: 

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Hold Yourself Accountable

Responsibility and accountability are more than interesting words; they are principles of life, whether it be in your professional or your personal life. How often have you blamed someone else for the parts of your life that you don’t like? We blame the economy when we overspend, we blame the sports game when we are sleep deprived because we stayed up too late the night before, and we blame our bosses or coworkers when we fail at a task because we didn’t adequately prepare. The list goes on and on. The biggest myth in the American culture today is that someone else is responsible for our quality of life. The real truth is there is only one person responsible for the quality of the life you live. That one person is you. 

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Tips for Addressing Crucial Conversations in the Workplace

Have you ever had to face an uncomfortable conversation pertaining to an issue in the workplace, whether it be with a disgruntled employee or a disagreement with a coworker? Where it is clear that both parties are uncomfortable, tensions typically run high and both parties usually leave the conversation frustrated and confused. Most leaders understand that these types of conversations must take place in order to resolve conflict, yet how many times have you postponed and/or avoided these conversations all together? Navigating these types of conversations can be difficult and require a certain level of expertise to ensure success. Below are several tips to help you navigate through these crucial conversations.

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Five Essential Habits of Highly Productive People

There are twenty-four (24) hours in one day, equating to 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds. In theory, it sounds like an ample amount of time to be productive. However, as most business professionals know, time goes go by in the blink of an eye. With a limited amount of hours in each day, how can you ensure you are set up for success and utilizing your time in the most efficient manner? Below are five (5) essential habits of highly productive people. 

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Absenteeism and Attendance of Employees

Regular attendance is key to an organization’s success as well as to the job function of its employees. It is expected that employees will miss a certain number of days, hence paid time off (PTO) policies; however excessive absenteeism has continued to make an appearance on several HR hot topic lists. More and more, employers are spending a large amount of their time, frequently addressing attendance issues within their workforce.

Before becoming quick to point the finger and move straight to progressive discipline for excessive absenteeism, specifically with repeat offenders, it is imperative that organizations are educated on the federal and state laws regarding employee leave practices. This is especially important when it comes to state and local laws, as the rules tend to be even more employee-friendly.

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Clay Meininger
President & COO
Topeka Country Club
 

“The Topeka Country Club has used HR Partners for five years.  During that time, when a situation arose needing immediate attention, they were always there.  The whole team at HR Partners is professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful with their approach.”