On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a revised Form I-9. The new form must be used by September 18, 2017.The revised form has only one substantive change. A new List C Document was added as an acceptable document – a Consular Report of Birth for a U.S. citizen who was born abroad.The new I-9 form can be accessed here.Employers must maintain a completed Form I-9 on file for every employee on their payroll who was hired after November 6, 1986 and for terminated employees during the required retention period. The purpose of the Form I-9 is to require the employer to establish the employee’s identity and authorization to work in the U.S.Below is a helpful checklist that Sheppard Mullin developed to help employers better understand and comply with the I-9 process. I-9 CHECKLIST FOR ONBOARDING AND REVERIFICATION Form I-9Use the latest form dated 07/17/2017. It is mandatory … [Read more...] about USCIS Issues New I-9 Form: Commentary and I-9 Checklist for Employers
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TranscriptStephanie Francis Ward: What do you do when in the course of one day, you have an appearance, a deposition and a client meeting, all of which are in different locations?Reid Trautz: My mantra is “the more chargers, the better.”Stephanie Francis Ward: I’m Stephanie Francis Ward, and when we return, my guests will tell you about tech tools that can help.Advertiser: This ABA Journal Podcast is brought to you by Westlaw Next. Folder sharing in Westlaw Next enables you to tap into previous research across organizational boundaries like never before, saving you time from reinventing the wheel. Learn more at westlawnext.com.Stephanie Francis Ward: I’m here with Matt Hector, an Illinois foreclosure defense lawyer; Randall Ryder, a Minneapolis attorney who handles Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases; and Reid Trautz, who’s writing a book about mobile lawyering. So, Matt, since you’re in Cook County, I wanted to ask you first about this issue of … [Read more...] about Road warriors’ tips on keeping up with your cases (podcast with transcript)
President Barack Obama’s executive order expanding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) eligibility and work authorization met a another roadblock when a federal District Court threatened to sanction the Secretary of Homeland Security and senior DHS officials for issuing three-year Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). The court previously enjoined implementation of expanded DACA, including issuance of EAD’s valid for three instead of for two.In May 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began sending letters to the approximately 2,000 three-year EAD recipients instructing them to return the EADs to USCIS and stating that they would be issued a two-year card instead. During the week of July 6, 2015, USCIS sent a second letter to those who had not yet returned the EAD. This letter provided, “USCIS must receive your EAD by July 17, 2015. Failure to return the invalid EAD without good cause may affect your deferred action and employment … [Read more...] about More I-9 Confusion for Employers from Three-Year DACA Card Recall
Podcast Transcript: This ABA Journal Podcast is brought to you by WestlawNext, building on the strengths of Westlaw® to bring you the next evolution of legal research. Their most significant innovation in 30 years, it’s a complete research system that gives you confidence you’ve found the most relevant information. And, it elevates productivity with intuitive workflow tools. Learn more at WestlawNext.com.ABA Journal:The National Association for Law Placement recently reported that only 88.3 percent of 2009 law school graduates had employment. Twenty-five percent of jobs reported were temporary, and 10 percent were part time. The findings make some wonder if a JD makes economic sense. I’m Stephanie Francis Ward, and that is what we are talking about today at the ABA Journal Podcast.One of our guests is Donald Polden, dean of Santa Clara Law school. He also chairs the standards review committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education and … [Read more...] about How Law Schools Can Help Next Gen Lawyers Take Gamble Out of Hefty Tuition (Podcast)
Podcast transcript Advertisement: This podcast is brought to you by Amicus Attorney, developers of legal practice management software. Let Amicus help you run your practice, so you can focus on what you do best: practice law. Visit AmicusAttorney.com and get started today.Stephanie Francis Ward: You want to expand your book of business with networking events, and think that planning one yourself might be the most rewarding. How can you develop one that lawyers will actually attend; doesn’t go way over budget; and brings you some great new connections?I’m Stephanie Francis Ward, and on today’s episode of the ABA Journal’s Asked and Answered, I’m speaking about hosting successful networking events for lawyers with Alycia Sutor, managing director at the sales effectiveness firm GrowthPlay. Welcome to the show.Alycia Sutor: Thank you so much.Stephanie Francis Ward: What is key for having an event that people will go out of their way to attend and will also … [Read more...] about How to host a networking event that actually brings in business (podcast with transcript)
In a story from the July issue of the ABA Journal, Miami criminal defense solo Scott Saul shares why he often doesn’t chase down unpaid legal bills.“Ninety-nine percent of the time when people don’t pay me, it’s because they don’t have the money. It’s not because they don’t want to pay me,” Saul said. “I can come down hard on somebody, but I’m trying to get blood out of a stone. If I come down hard on them, I’ve lost them as a referral base forever.” But Saul tries to “make it so that the retainer is the money you’d like to get on the case, and the payments are icing on the cake,” in order to protect himself.Clients of firms both large and small skip out on their legal bills for a number of reasons, and firms must consider the cost-benefit analysis in each case. So this week we’d like to ask you: What do you do when a client doesn’t pay the bill?Answer in the comments.Read the answers … [Read more...] about What do you do when a client doesn’t pay the bill?
Stephanie Francis Ward: How assertive is too assertive for women lawyers in private practice?Janice Brown: If you are a woman who desires success, one of the challenges is some people may perceive that desire as a negative for women. But if you want success, you have to learn to be much more self-defining, and be able to create something much more self-defining.Stephanie Francis Ward: I’m Stephanie Francis Ward, and when we return, my guests will tell you how they’ve seen women become successful rainmakers. Advertiser: This ABA Journal Podcast is brought to you by Westlaw Next. Folder sharing in Westlaw Next enables you to tap into previous research across organizational boundaries like never before, saving you time from reinventing the wheel. Learn more at westlawnext.com.Stephanie Francis Ward: I’m here with Karen Kaplowitz, a former law firm partner who now advises lawyers on business development; and Janice Brown, a trial lawyer who also does consultant work … [Read more...] about ‘Aggressive’ is not a dirty word for women rainmakers (podcast with transcript)
Podcast Transcript: This podcast is produced by the ABA Journal. We bring you the latest legal news every day from around the Web. Visit us online at ABAJournal.com.Stephanie Francis Ward: Google+ launched in June, and although it’s still in beta, the site now has more than 25 million users. Many of them are scratching their heads about what to do with it, now that they’re signed up. I’m Stephanie Francis Ward, and today on the ABA Journal Podcast, we’re discussing how lawyers can use the new site for learning and networking, among other things. Joining me are Ryan Davis, the social media direction at Blue State Digital; Mark Schondorf, a Chicago sole practitioner, who has a litigation practice; and Derek Witte, a professor at Cooley Law School whose research includes social media issues.Ryan, in your work you often advise groups to get individual supporting their groups to promote groups on social media. A great example of that would probably be how Blue … [Read more...] about How Can Attorneys Use Google+ to Generate Business?
Podcast transcriptStephanie Francis Ward: Welcome to the ABA Journal’s Asked and Answered podcast. I’m your host Stephanie Francis Ward. This month, in connection with our Legal Rebels project, which is sponsored by Abacus, we wanted to look at the growing field of virtual law practices.Opportunities are growing for lawyers to practice law in digital spaces, but clients still want and need individual attention. If you have a virtual law practice, how can you provide the hand-holding necessary for clients?I’ve invited three guests to speak with us today, all of whom have been featured as Legal Rebels in the past: Michelle Crosby is the founder of Wevorce, a startup which helps couples negotiate and finalize their divorces. Stephanie Kimbro spent 10 years practicing law through a virtual firm, and has written various books about virtual law practice. And Fred Rooney is credited with starting one of the first post-graduate law firm incubators in 2007.When we return, … [Read more...] about How do you provide client hand-holding if you run a virtual firm? (podcast with transcript)
This spring U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began implementation of a phased in Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, automation process. The Form I-94 is issued to all visitors entering the U.S. and assists CBP in tracking temporary non-immigrants, visa overstays, and other relevant information concerning foreign nationals entering the U.S. The new program created a paperless admission process with the ultimate goal of eliminating the paper I-94 card for foreign travelers. The automation enables CBP to organize admission data for sea and air entries easily and accessibly, saving an estimated $15.5 million per year in related costs (not from a reduction in paper). While the effort to move to an electronic system should be commended, the new system may make life a bit more complicated for employers sponsoring foreign workers due to the requirements of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form process. Travelers, with the exception of … [Read more...] about I-94 Automation and the I-9 Process: Making the Immigration Form I-9 More Complicated