DHS Allows Remote Review of Form I-9s During COVID-19 Emergency

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:

  • The exemption applies only to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely. If any employees are physically...
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Managing Remote Employees: A Plan To Maintaining Momentum

The most difficult pieces of having a remotely working staff is ensuring that each team member is working efficiently, engaging regularly, and maintaining company culture.

Due to COVID-19, many companies are transitioning to remote work without having the ability to come up with a telecommuting policy or having the knowledge of what it takes to maintain a company's productivity, which is crucial during what may be an economic downturn.

With no definitive date this will end, I've put together this plan that businesses can utilize to continue meeting business objectives during this time.


Break up into teams - Divide employees up to be no more than 6 employees reporting to one manager or supervisor. Managing more than 6 people remotely is bound to have it's pitfalls. There just isn't enough time in the day to give quality support to more than that. If it is not possible to break up into smaller teams, then break up the team by projects they're working...

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Remote Work: A Small Business Guide to Free Resources

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...

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Employee Lay-offs: What Employers Should Know during COVID-19

COVID-19 may obliterate a lot of businesses from the face of the earth over the next few months, or it may not. Nearly every business in the United States has been affected by this pandemic and there are going to be tough decisions made over the next few weeks as government entities are forcing non-essential businesses across America to temporarily close down.


  • You have to have a systemic strategy of who is getting laid off and ensure it is non-discriminatory. The easiest system to implement is last in, first out (by tenure). The more difficult strategy is to decide based off of performance because this would require the company to have to prove that one employee outperforms the other and would need documentation to support it. Businesses can also choose to let go certain departments if those departments would no longer be essential to the business in current circumstances. This is also known as eliminating positions.
  • You have to...
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Ideas to Transition your Business during COVID-19

As businesses are being required to shut their doors to the public and people are working from home at an unprecedented rate - it’s become very clear that many businesses across various industries will be fighting to stay afloat during this period of uncertainty. More specifically, small businesses.

As I’ve had conversations with every one of our clients over the last week, it’s become clear that almost all of them will have to find new ways to deliver their product and/or service to their customers. 

I’ve put together a list of ideas that several industries can implement into their business quickly in order to help mitigate revenue losses.


  • Offer a subscription service
  • Offer free delivery 
  • Make items available to order online 
  • Create a separate line of business such as online cooking classes, personal shopping, and affiliated partnerships 
  • Re-negotiate leases with landlords


  • Go virtual...
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