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    New Form I-9 Review Needed after USCIS Found Glitch

    Posted 04/25/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    On November 14, 2016, the USCIS published a revised version of the Form I-9. At the time, employers were given a choice to use the new revised version (v.11/16/2016 N) of Form I-9, or they could use the previous version of Form I-9 dated 03/08/2013 N through January 21, 2017. Effective January 22, 2017, all employers must use the new revised Form I-9 for employment verification purposes. Copies of the revised Form I-9 and instructions are available in English and Spanish and can be directly downloaded on I-9 Central.

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    HR Professionals Voice Strong Support for Mandated Form I-9 & E-Verify Systems

    Posted 04/07/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    It's the first day of a new job. You are already nervous about starting at a new job, finding your way around a new office, meeting new people and taking on new challenges. It might just be me, but one of my biggest worries was making sure that I had my "documentation" (My driver's license, passport or social security card) with me to prove that I am eligible to work in the United States. I was always afraid if I didn't give this to the hiring or HR manager, I wouldn't be able to work. I always wondered if there was a way to make this process less stressful!

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    The Revised Form I-9: Your Additional Questions Answered

    Posted 01/30/2017 by Patty Hanley, Director, Product Management

    Sterling Talent Solutions recently hosted the "Revised Form I-9" webinar to walk attendees through the changes made to Form I-9 (v. 11/14/16 N). Our presenters included Dave Basham, Form I-9 and E-Verify Subject Matter Expert (SME) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Patricia Hanley, Director of Product Management at Sterling Talent Solutions.

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    The Top Five Blog Posts For 2016

    Posted 12/15/2016 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    As 2016 comes to a close, I find myself asking, "Where did the year go?" Between the meetings, acquisitions and mergers and product updates, we've had a packed year - oftentimes reflected in our company blog. We have shared the exciting news of our merger with TalentWise in the beginning of the year to rebranding our name to Sterling Talent Solutions in June to sharing the latest human resources and background screening industry information all year long. We compiled a list of the top five most popular and highly read blog posts (in no particular order) of the past year just in case you missed them.

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    Important Form I-9 Updates You Need To Know

    Posted 12/12/2016 by Patty Hanley, Director - Product Management

    On November 14, 2016, the USCIS published a revised version of Form I-9. USCIS first published a draft version of the new revised Form I-9, allowing 60 days for public review and comment. On March 28, 2016 USCIS published an additional 30-day notice inviting the public to comment on proposed changes to Form I-9. On August 25, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued its approval for the final version of the new revised Form I-9 (v. 11/14/2016 N), which goes into effect on January 22, 2017.

  • Football Signals For Hiring

    Posted 10/31/2016 by Debbie Lamb Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    With autumn comes pumpkin flavored everything, vibrant leaf colors as they fall from their trees and FOOTBALL! We are nearing the halfway mark in this year’s NFL football season and there are a few teams on a winning streak (New England Patriots) and some on a losing streak (Cleveland Browns) so far this season. Just as every Sunday is game day for football players, Human Resources (HR) departments constantly have their game face on in order to recruit, hire, screen and onboard new candidates. Employers want to continue to run down the field to the ultimate goal of victory for both themselves and new hires.

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    Power Through Onboarding Basics

    Posted 10/13/2016 by Lauren Gus, Director Human Resources

    There are many memories that are made on the job from promotions, friendships and new experiences, but sometimes these memories blur together, especially if you have been with a company a long time. But one day always sticks out in everyone’s memory: the first day.

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    The Latest Form I-9 Updates You Need To See

    Posted 09/22/2016 by Patty Hanley

    On August 25, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued its approval of the final version of the new Form I-9. Here are the details you need to know.

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    Form I-9 Mistakes That Can Cost You

    Posted 09/21/2016 by Debbie Lamb Jr. MarComm Manager

    The enforcement of compliance for employment eligibility and verification laws, known as Form I-9 compliance, is expected to intensify in the coming year. Companies who violate the Form I-9 mandates could face civil and criminal penalties. Criminal charges could include harboring or knowingly hiring illegal aliens, aggravated identity theft and Social Security fraud. 

  • I-9 Mistake Costs Just Rose Up To 96%

    Posted 08/03/2016 by Patricia Hanley - Director, Product Management

    Earlier this year we conducted a survey with Kelton Research to better understand consumer’s thoughts on Background Screening. During the course of the research, we discovered that immigration was the third most important topic to be discussed in the presidential debates this year, behind healthcare (71%) and terrorism (73%). With that being said, it should come as no surprise that come August 1, 2016 fines related to immigration are on their way up.

  • The Devil is in the Details: Taking Your I-9 Compliance Up a Notch

    Posted 03/30/2016 by SterlingBackcheck

    The measures your organization takes to ensure Form I-9 compliance can make a big difference in establishing the work authorization of your employees, and in protecting your business from a negative audit experience, should ICE come knocking. The question to ask is: does your organization play by the rules, or are you just skating by?

  • Your Top 7 Questions on E-Verify Answered

    Posted 12/22/2015 by Patricia Hanley

    E-Verify is well past the pilot stage and here to stay. With more than half a million employer participants nationwide, many are benefiting from the convenience of checking employment eligibility against government records, online. Are you one of them?

    We recently held a webinar explaining what E-Verify is and how you can start using it now. Here is a recap of the top 7 questions employers like you had about the E-Verify process.

  • Your Top 9 Questions on Form I-9 Remote Hiring Answered

    Posted 11/13/2015 by Patricia Hanley

    One of the greatest challenges employers face in managing the Form I-9 process is making sure their forms are compliant for remote employees who may work many miles from the nearest corporate office. Employers often do not have the time or resources to send a hiring manager to the remote employee or fly the employee to headquarters to complete the Form I-9. Organizations that hire employees remotely risk non-compliance if new hires complete the Form I-9 without proper guidance.

  • Background Screening Budget Toolkit

    Posted 08/31/2015 by Roland Lessard

    Budget season may not get you as excited as receiving approval to push forward with an improved benefits package, but it doesn't have to be a pain point. Preparing for budget season can be a breeze when you have the right tools at your disposal.

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    SterlingBackcheck Answers Your Top 10 Questions About Form I-9

    Posted 07/13/2015 by Patricia Hanley

    If you find the Form I-9 process and regulations around it a little hazy, rest assured that you're not alone. It's one of the areas that employers find the most difficult to grasp and we're often asked how to make the process more consistent, convenient and compliant.

    We recently held a webinar on I-9 Audits, which focused on current case studies, what employers can learn from them, guidelines for self-auditing and how to reduce the risk of violating Form I-9 regulations. The webinar offered participants an opportunity to ask questions and one thing was very clear - many employers had valid questions about the I-9 process and how to prevent penalties in the event that they're audited.

    Here is a recap of some of the 10 most common questions about Form I-9 from employers like you:

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    Infographic: The Cost of Non-Compliance With Form I-9

    Posted 07/08/2015 by Roland Lessard

    Failure to comply with I-9 regulations will cost you and not just in financial penalties. Your organization could face debarment and work stoppage, while owners and personnel responsible for the violations could face jail time. Know what is required of your organization and confirm that your practices are compliant to prevent incurring these costly consequences.

  • Infographic: 6 Common I-9 Mistakes That Land Companies in Hot Water

    Posted 06/24/2015 by Roland Lessard

    Mistakes are bound to happen, but when those mistakes involve Form I-9, the consequences could be costly. Many employers have learned this lesson the hard way, with some receiving six-figure fines and criminal charges. To prevent your company from pricey penalties, avoid these 6 common mistakes.

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    Two Business Owners Get Caught In The I-9 Deep End

    Posted 03/25/2015 by Roland Lessard

    Employers are subject to substantial penalties whether or not they knowingly violate employment eligibility laws. While employers who purposefully violate regulations can expect to be caught and penalized, unsuspecting employers that simply have a flawed Form I-9 process can find themselves in a messy situation, entangled in a web of very costly errors. These two cases are evidence that both honest mistakes and intended violation of employment eligibility requirements carry stiff consequences.

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    Tips To Prevent Seasonal Worker I-9 Blunders

    Posted 01/29/2015 by Roland Lessard

    According to a survey conducted in Q4 2014, 43% of retailers planned on hiring seasonal workers, up from 39% in 2013. With the abundance of seasonal workers hired, there are likely many hiring managers who, at this very moment, are tackling the unruly stacks of holiday hiring paperwork sitting atop their desks. As retailers catch their breath from a frenzied holiday season, now is a good time to look back on the impact that seasonal hiring has on I-9 compliance - and hopefully learn a few lessons for the next time around.

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    Bridging The Distance For I-9 Compliance in Remote Hiring

    Posted 10/16/2014 by Roland Lessard

    In today's job market, technology innovations and cultural shifts have made remote hiring and telecommuting more common than ever. Remote hiring is at an all-time high, with recruiters and hiring managers looking beyond their backyards for talent. Not only are applicants willing to re-locate for the perfect job, but many employers have embraced telecommuting and the use of virtual staffing to save money that would have been otherwise spent on providing office space for the employee. Most of the hiring process can be managed remotely thanks to technology like Skype or FaceTime for video interviews; however, there are still some challenges that employers face when hiring remotely.

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    Infographic: Don’t Let The Form I-9 Process Trip You Up

    Posted 09/24/2014 by Roland Lessard

    There has been a sharp increase in Form I-9 audits over the past five years.  Fines are going through the roof and interestingly, on average 68% of an organization’s Form I-9s are found to be non-compliant. These types of recurring I-9 mistakes are the most common reason for audit failure.

  • I-9 Violations Can Cost You Six Figures | SterlingBackcheck

    I-9 Violations Can Cost You Six Figures

    Posted 07/07/2014 by Joe Rotondo

    Compliance is crucial for employers and even the slightest errors in process can have pricey ramifications. As innocent as they may seem, the costs associated with I-9 violations can rack up fast. Simply missing a check box or forgetting to sign on the dotted line could potentially drain your bank account if you are audited by the government. The costs aren't limited to fines. You will also rack up legal fees hiring lawyers to represent and defend your company. There have been numerous cases of employers violating I-9 regulations both intentionally and unintentionally, and in many cases the costs have skyrocketed to six figures.

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    E-Verify Is Not Enough: Complying With Form I-9

    Posted 06/26/2014 by Joe Rotondo

    The I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form may seem like a simple document that can be incorporated into a hiring package, but many employers have learned expensive lessons about I-9 compliance. The purpose of Form I-9 is to verify that employees are legally authorized to work in the United States, which in the grand scheme of things, helps maintain fair wages and protects American jobs. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for investigating and auditing employers to ensure that the forms are completed, accurate, and stored according to regulations. ICE also has the authority to issue penalties for non-compliant employers.