Category: Human Resources

Here a risk, there a risk

20130131-230443.jpgBeyoncé did not feel comfortable taking a risk. That was her response to the silliness resulting from her reported last minute decision to sing the Star Spangled Banner to a pre-recorded track at the presidential inauguration last week. I guess you could say she had a mitigation plan, albeit only she had to agree to it.

What if she were in the real world? You know, the one that people like us live and work in? How many companies would agree to an employee deciding at the last minute to not take that risk? Would your company support you?

Like Beyoncé we all want to be perfectionists. And, she gets a second chance this Sunday at the Superbowl when, she says, she will belt it out live.

But, in this world (aka the real world), plan and plan again, and COMMUNICATE. Avoid your very own press conference.

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New Form W-4 for 2013

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In case you did not know, the IRS has issued a new version of the Form W-4 for 2013. Not the most exciting of headlines, I know. But nonetheless, remaining relevant and providing your employees with up-to-date forms is important. You may access the new version here: 2013 Form W-4

Additionally, I fell upon information about new guidelines regarding the updated income-tax withholding tables for 2013. Included are details about the changes implemented by Congress at the beginning of the year.

So, grab a cup of joe and get reading!

Spanish Language Support for I-9 Processing

Screen shot 2013-01-14 at 8.25.48 PMA while back, the USCIS launched the Spanish language version of I-9 Central.

Employees and employers may access Form I-9 and Employment Eligibility Verification information and the updated Handbook for Employers: Instructions for Completing Form I-9 (M-274) en español. ¡Qué grande!

But, remember, only employers in Puerto Rico may use either the Spanish version or the English version of the Form I-9 for official purposes.  The rest of us in the United States may use the Spanish version as a translation guide for Spanish-speaking employees, but must fill out and keep the English version for our records.

USCIS National Customer Service Center Adds Saturday Hours

This is good news for many of PeopleMatter’s customers. Hiring in the hospitality and service industries never takes weekends off. Onboarding must go on!

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced last week that its National Customer Service Center is now open on Saturdays. This will be a big help to hiring managers responsible for completing the Form I-9 for a new employee. Questions…there are ALWAYS questions. And, this task is not to be taken lightly…I-9 compliance is at the forefront of all businesses these days, especially those that hire our frontline service workers.

Need more info? You may contact the USCIS national toll-free customer service line at 1-800-375-5283.

Happy hiring!