I hope everyone had a good long Labor Day weekend and didn't get too much rain. Today, I will talk about a number of issues that have an impact at work.
I-9 Forms Still Valid. The most recent version of the I-9 had an OMB expiration date of August 31. Notwithstanding last weeks expiration date, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the current version of the I-9 will remain in effect until they finalize revisions to the form. As a reminder, new employees are required to complete the I-9 form no later than their first day of employment, and the employer has 3 business days to review any supporting documents and must complete section 2 of the form. For Alabama employers, the use of E-Verify is mandatory for new employees.
ICE Sued for Discrimination Against Men. Speaking of ICE, James T. Hayes, a top immigration official in New York, alleges that he was removed from a high level position in favor a a less-qualified woman because he was a man. He is also alleging that he was retaliated against when he threatened to file the lawsuit. The NY Times reported that the agency's Chief of Staff, Suzanne Barr, initially voluntarily left the agency on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, and resigned this past weekend. It will be interesting to see how this case is resolved.
Bad Bosses. Having a son who plays baseball for Rhodes College, I am very sympathetic for baseball parents. My nominee for the worst boss of the year award goes to the boss of Billie Ann Tomei. Her son, Cole, plays baseball for the Petaluma National All-Stars, and Trevor, her husband, is the coach. Petaluma advanced to the Little League World Series held in Pennsylvania after winning the West Regional Tournament. Billie Ann was working as the office manager for a CPA in Petaluma, and she asked for time off to attend the West Regionals. His response? "(My boss) wouldn't let me take time off...He told me, 'If you go, write yourself your last check'. So I wrote myself my last check." I wonder how much business the Petaluma CPA will lose as a result of his decision.