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Interviewing Techniques That Work - Part 2:  What's Legal and What's Not



By Otto Papasadero

The last several decades have brought sweeping changes to the laws governing employment processes and practices. The rules are numerous and very strict. Good intentions are not enough. Litigation can be both time-consuming and expensive. 

Many federal laws and regulations govern fair employment practices. Here are some of the important ones:

•           State Fair Employment Practices laws;

•           Americans with Disabilities Act;

•           Age Discrimination in Employment Act;

•           Fair Labor and Standards Act; and

•           Family and Medical Leave Act. 

These laws apply to all employers. Ignorance is no excuse and might be very costly.

The Correct Paperwork
Two documents need special attention. One is form W-4, which must be submitted for each employee. This form has become somewhat more complicated than it was in the past, and the employer should be prepared to assist the employee in filling it out properly.

The other important document is the I-9. This document is used to prove an employee's legal status to be employed in the United States. It is illegal to employ an illegal alien or not to have I-9s for each employee. It is the employer's responsibility to determine the legal work status of its employees. The employee must have proper identification, including a passport, a green card or an original Social Security card.

An employee also must have a picture ID, such as a driver's license. Every employee must have an I-9 on record, including the owners and even their relatives. These records must be completed within three days of starting employment and be maintained for three years after employment has terminated. 


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RRetailers, Servicers, Suppliers: A Call for Industry Participation

For more than 75 years, the North American Retail Dealers Association has been the voice of independent appliance, electronics, bedding and furniture retailers. Through education, representation and a host of benefits, NARDA has worked diligently for all retailers.

Here’s how you can help both the industry and your own enterprise: NARDA is now moving forward into new areas and seeks volunteers that can give an hour or less each month to help guide the association. Please indicate your interest and you will be contacted and given more information.

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NARDA also is asking you to identify the areas in which it can assist you and your business. Whether it is legislation, education, legal services, publications, repair service or cloud-based services, please indicate which issues are most important to you. The very best suggestions will receive a $100 gift card.

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