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NEW LAW! Employees of small employers entitled to maternity/paternity leave

Employers with 20+ Employees Must Provide Maternity/Paternity Leave

Beginning January 1, 2018, employers with 20 or more employees will need to provide up to 12 weeks of maternity/paternity leave to eligible employees.  Eligible employees must have worked for the same employer for at least 12 months and worked 1250 hours during the past 12 months.  The employee must perform work at a site where there is at least 20 employees within a 75 mile radius.

Employer Requirements

  1. The employee must be returned to their previous position upon returning from their leave.
  2. Employers must maintain the employee’s health insurance during the leave.
  3. The leave is unpaid.

Failure to provide the leave will be considered an unlawful employment practice and could result in costly litigation.

What do I need to do to prepare?

Employers impacted by this law will need to make sure that they are aware of how to handle a request for baby bonding leave.   This will undoubtedly mean training your staff, providing required forms, and understanding how to manage and track leaves of absence.

 

 

 

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BREAKING NEWS! U.S. Publishes New I-9 Form

Good News!

There is a new I-9 Form and it is easier to use than the old one!

On November 14, 2016 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new Employment Eligibility Verification form, commonly know as the I-9.

The I-9 form is the form employers are required to use to establish that an employee is eligible to work in the United States.

The new form features a number of upgrades intended to help reduce errors and help employers more efficiently complete the form.

What do I need to do?

All employers must begin using the new form by January 22, 2017, but you can begin using it immediately. CoreHR Team’s recommendation? Why wait? The new form is easier to understand and easier to complete.