Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions per the Department of Labor:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it is temporarily relaxing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification document review requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Employers whose employees are working remotely to limit physical proximity during the national emergency will be permitted to review their employees' identity and employment authorization documents remotely.
Employers are required to complete the Form I-9 to verify and document an employee's identity and employment authorization. As part of the normal verification process, the employer must view and record in Form I-9, Section 2, the original verification documents presented by the employee in the employer's physical presence and compare any identification information on the documents to the employee.
Key details of the temporary provisions include:
Around 30 million American small businesses are being forced to shut-down or transition to remote operations indefinitely amid COVID-19, and that number is growing by the hour.
In an effort to help small business owners identify resources for this shift that won't break their already injured bank accounts, I've rounded up a few companies offering free services and trials during this period.
Microsoft - said it will limit restrictions on its free version of its collaborative communications tool, Teams. It’s also offering a six-month free trial for some of its basic package of Office 365 enterprise products to businesses that reach out to a Microsoft partner or sales representative. “By making Teams available to as many people as possible, Microsoft’s hope is that they can support public health and safety by making remote work even easier,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.
Comcast has taken a number of steps to improve access to...