- Written by Gregory Blueford
The deadline for mandatory use of the revised Form 1-9, used for verifying new hires identify and employment authorization is this Sunday, January 22, 2017. The latest version of the I-9 can be downloaded at the USCIS's website, available here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9.
Among the changes in the revised version (which is dated 11/14/2016), Section 1 asks for “other last names used” rather than “other names used.” Other changes to the I-9 include the ability to enter multiple preparers and translators, a supplemental page for the preparer/translator, a dedicated area for including additional information, and increased compatibility and functions to make it easier to complete the form electronically. You can read our previous posts regarding the new I-9 here and here. Further information directly from the USCIS regarding the updated form is available here.
- Written by Rebecca Hause-Schultz
In a decision unfavorable to employers, the California Supreme Court in Augustus v. ABM Security recently ruled that employees must be relieved of all duties and relinquish all control over employees during rest periods. At issue in the case, the defendant employer, a security company, required its security guard employees to keep pagers and radio phones turned on and with them during rest periods. The Court reasoned that on-duty or on-call rest periods require employees to essentially perform free work, meaning that the employee receives the same amount of compensation for working through the rest periods as the employee would have had the employee been permitted to take off-duty rest periods.