OCAHO’s Back with New I-9 Penalties Decision

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After almost a year since the last decision concerning the amount of I-9 penalties, Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) issued a decision in United States v. Psychosomatic Fitness, LLC, and Psychosomatic Fitness Phoenix, LLC, d/b/a Psychosomatic Transformation Center, (PFL) 14 OCAHO no. 1387a (May 27, 2021), reducing the employer’s I-9 penalties by … Read more

How Employers Can Help Women Succeed in the Workplace

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As we move from the pandemic era into the post-pandemic world, many things have changed. People are quitting their jobs in record numbers: In April, almost 4 million workers did so. Many are threatening to do so if they can’t continue to work in a remote capacity: In fact, 42% of current remote workers say … Read more

Pres. Biden signs law making Juneteenth a federal holiday


On June 17, 2021, President Biden signed Senate Bill 475 declaring Juneteenth National Independence Day a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, about 2 1/2 years after the proclamation was first issued. The bill became effective immediately upon being signed. What it means for … Read more

ICE Extends I-9 Virtual Verification through August 31, 2021

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On May 26, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension until August 31, 2021, of the policy allowing remote or virtual verification of the documentation required for a Form I-9 when a workforce is working remotely. This policy began on March 19, 2020, when due … Read more

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