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November 29th, 2016 / by Mike Cooney

New Overtime Rule Blocked

A federal judge in Texas blocked the new overtime rules that were to go into effect Thursday, December 1, 2017. The new law, spearheaded by Obama in an effort to raise wages, would have extended mandatory overtime to 4 million employees. (Red Zone HR wrote about the changes here.)... more

November 22nd, 2016 / by Mike Cooney

New I-9 Form is Live

The new Form I-9, or Employment Authorization Verification, will be made available via the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website on November 22, 2016.

The new I-9 is purported to include some handy new features. Now offered is an online ‘smart form’ to help eliminate the most commonly made errors. However, it is important to know that the new I-9 is not an electronic form. The form will still need to be printed, signed and stored appropriately.

A 2-month grace period will be provided for employers to integrate the new form into their onboarding procedures. This means that employers must begin using the new I-9 form for all new hires and reverifications no later than January 22, 2017. After that date, all previous versions of the I-9 Form will be invalid. Employers using older forms will be considered in violation, possibly resulting in fines.

As with any new implementation, now is... more

November 14th, 2016 / by Mike Cooney

Performance Evaluations going the way of the Dodo Bird?

A recent survey shows that six percent of Fortune 500 companies have revamped their traditional annual performance reviews and rankings, and many more are expected to follow.  Accenture, Deloitte, SAP and Kelly Services are the latest to join Juniper, Microsoft, Adobe, and Gap in making their traditional review and ranking processes extinct.

These companies have indicated that they have found that their performance review program was ineffective, onerous, costly (in the millions), and not positively received by employees or managers.  Not the ROI they were expecting.

This change also reflects more closely the cycle of our culture and business.  The world doesn’t run on an annual cycle anymore.  With the innovations of smart phones and apps like Facebook and Instagram, people have grown accustomed to real time feedback.  Employees are responding to more informal and frequent check ins, rather than a once a year conversation about past performance, that include examples... more

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