Employers Must Use New Form I-9 Starting May 7, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new Form I-9 for verifying employment eligibility. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 to verify the employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

After an initial grace period during which employers could use either the new or old Form I-9, use of the new form will be mandatory as of May 7, 2013. It is important that employers use the new Form I-9 because it contains a number of important changes from the previous form.

Continued use of the old form could subject employers to fines of $110 to $935 per instance depending on the non-compliance rate.


DHS to Give Work Permits to Undocumented Individuals

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently made an announcement, indicating that in the next 60 days, certain undocumented individuals who have continuously resided in the U.S. for at least 5 years will be eligible for deferred action from deportation and will be given work permits for 2 years. These work permits will be renewable.

To be eligible, the individuals (1) must have entered the U.S. prior to age 16 and be under age 30, (2) they must be in high school, have graduated high school, or received an honorable discharge from the U.S. military, and (3) must have good moral character.

Published in: on June 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

NACE 2011 Survey Results: Intern Hiring Up 7 Percent and 2011 Hourly Rates

According to results of a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Employers expect to hire 7 percent more interns for 2010-11 than they hired in 2009-10.  Ninety-three percent of employers responding to the NACE 2011 Internship & Co-op Survey reported plans to hire college students for internship positions.  Most organizations plan to pay their interns.  Here are some of the survey findings:

  • Bachelor’s degree students taking part in internships will earn an average of $16.68 an hour
  • At the master’s degree level, the average hourly rate is $24.21
  • Both overall averages are down marginally from last year’s averages—$17 and $24.29, respectively
  • Intern salaries fluctuate greatly depending on major, year of study, industry, and other factors
About the NACE 2011 Internship & Co-op Survey: http://www.naceweb.org/Press/Releases/Intern_Hiring_Up_7_Percent;_Salaries_Stable.aspx?referal=pressroom&menuid=104
Published in: on April 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

2010 Benefits for Part-Time Employees Survey Results

Nearly all (98%) employers report that their organization offers part-time work, and over one-third of these companies report that more than 10% of their workforce are part-time employees, according to a recent survey of Benefits for Part-Time Employees by BLR. The current survey, which garnered 1,100 responses, was conducted by BLR’s HR Daily Advisor in November 2010.

Some of the other survey findings:

  • About 85% of companies provide prorated holidays and vacation to their part-time workforce


  • Categories of prorated benefits provided to eligible part-time employees:
    • 85% of companies offer Vacation
    • 84% of companies offer Holidays
    • 60% of companies offer Paid Sick Leave
    • 52% of companies offer Health Insurance
    • 39% of companies offer Life Insurance
    • 84% of companies offer Other Benefits (Paid Time Off, Dental, and 401(k)


  • Minimum hours worked per week to be eligible for prorated benefits:
    • 35% of organizations require employees to work at least 30 hours per week
    • 40% of organizations require employees to work at least 20 hours per week
    • 4% of organizations require employees to work at least 10 hours per week
    • 3% of organizations’ employees work less than 10 hours per week
    • 18% do not offer benefits to part-time employees


  •  59% of companies offer a 401(k) Plan to part-time employees


  • 43% of companies offer an Incentive/Bonus Plan to part-time employees


Source:  Benefits for Part-Time Employees, BLR HR Daily Advisor November 2010.

Published in: on January 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Manpower Talent Shortage Survey 2010

Manpower Inc. surveyed over 35,000 employers across 36 countries and territories during the first quarter of 2010 to determine the impact of talent shortages on today’s labor markets. The results of the fifth annual Talent Shortage Survey revealed that 31 percent of employers worldwide are having difficulty filling positions due to the lack of suitable talent available in their markets, which is an increase of one percentage point over last year’s survey. 

The top 10 jobs that employers are having difficulty filling across the 36 countries and territories surveyed are (ranked in order):

  1. Skilled Trades
  2. Sales Representatives
  3. Technicians (primarily production/operations, engineering or maintenance)
  4. Engineers
  5. Accounting & Finance Staff
  6. Production Operators
  7. Secretaries, Administrative Assistants & Office Support Staff
  8. Management/Executives
  9. Drivers
  10. Laborers

2010 U.S. Hardest Jobs to Fill:

  1. Skilled Trades
  2. Sales Representatives
  3. Nurses
  4. Technicians
  5. Drivers
  6. Restaurants & Hotel Staff
  7. Management / Executives
  8. Engineers
  9. Doctors
  10. Customer Service Representatives

Source:  Manpower Talent Shortage Survey 2010

Published in: on October 1, 2010 at 10:40 am  Leave a Comment