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The I-9 form is a requirement for all employers and new employees to complete at the time of hire.  There are specific rules as to how to complete the I-9 and when. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made an announcement in the Federal Register on January 31, 2020, that the new version of the I-9 Form (rev.10/21/2019) is available for use...

A water bottle on an employee’s desk or a cup of coffee seems very, very reasonable.  Yet, what happens when there is more than coffee or water in those containers?  The answer depends on your policies, state law, and what you already know about this employee.  Here are 5 steps to review when facing a situation of potential substance...

Do you love to receive personalized mail?  I know I do!  Especially handwritten ones that are written specifically for me.  Not only are they personal, but they also imply someone spent some time thinking about me and what I do for them.    Offer letters are much like this.  They are a personalized note to a new employee welcoming them to your...

Engagement. What is this? Webster defines it as a promise to meet or be present at a particular place and time.  So, how many of your employees are engaged at work.  Truly engaged?   According to Gallups 2018 poll, only 34% of the US workforce is engaged.  And of those engaged, their profitability is 21% higher than the...

Job descriptions serve several important functions.  They set clear expectations for your staff, managers and the business owner.  AND they protect both you and the employee from the various employment laws.    Yet, I read and review so many job descriptions that are like hopes and dreams.  A unicorn that does not exist.  This sets your organization, you, and your...

Do you love a good invitation? One that solves a specific problem that you have by speaking directly to what you need and want.  Me too! Yet, I am counting on that invitation fulfilling the promise that it makes. I hear from my colleagues and have experienced, the woes of recruitment.  The complaints that there are not enough qualified workers out there. They are out there. We just are not inviting them into our organizations in a way that solves their problem. You see, recruitment does not follow the invitation promise.  Let's create an amazing invitation and personally use it to bring the next generation of employees into your organizations...

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Staff engagement and retention is a key strategy in meeting and exceeding organizational goals.  Currently, in Wisconsin, there are 96,774 open positions and 42,940 applicants available according to the Job Center of Wisconsin.  That is over two open positions for every applicant!  Manufacturing and long term care organizations in the state are seeing turnover rates...

One of the questions I get asked frequently by small business owners is if they have classified their Independent Contractors (IC’s) correctly. The answer is it depends; the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and state agencies regulate independent contractors. The structure of the relationship and organizations control over the Independent Contractors finances and behavior...