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The current Form I-9 was revised in 2005 to recognize the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to enforce regulations of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. If you are relying on the “Lists of Acceptable Documents” that appear on the current or any other version of the Form I-9 to determine which documents to accept as proof of identity and employment eligibility, you may want to reconsider that decision.

The revised Form I-9 failed to update the “Lists of Acceptable Documents” to reflect those that have either been deleted or added. read more »

 

For the second year in a row, the number of Washington employers offering health insurance declined, according to the results of a 2006 benefits survey released by the state Employment Security Department.

The percentage of employers offering health benefits to full-time workers declined from 67.8 percent in 2004 to 67.1 percent in 2005 and to 66.4 percent in 2006, a two-year decline of 1.4 percentage points. read more »

 

West Sound Human Resource Management Association is sponsoring a one-day conference designed for human resource professionals on conducting lawful investigations in the workplace.

The participants will build “real life” skills by learning how to develop an investigation plan, review files, interview witnesses, document those interviews and reach a conclusion — they will learn how to handle a complaint from the moment it is received to the time of the final written report. read more »

 

Automated External Defibrillators are small units that can restart a normal heart beat when someone has a heart attack. Many employers are now providing them in the workplace.

By providing AEDs and training personnel in their correct usage, employers may provide effective emergency care until professional medical care is available. For every minute someone is in ventricular fibrillation during a heart attack, there is a 10 percent drop in the survival rate.

Prompt access to an AED has been proven to save lives. They have become easier to operate and maintain, and are inexpensive. read more »

 

It violates Title VII for an employer to ask his employees to start their day with prayer — and yet, employers must reasonably accommodate their employees’ own religious practices, unless doing so would impose undue hardship on the employer’s business interests. read more »

 

Giving same-sex couples marriage rights will be good for the economy, according to a new study, The Effect of Marriage Equality and Domestic Partnership On Business and the Economy,” from UCLA’s Williams Institute. The study documents gains to businesses from happier and healthier workers that would outweigh new costs for benefits. The economy would also gain from the positive effect of equality on state government budgets.  read more »

 
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