Archive for February, 2009

Employers: How not to lose your shirt (and everything else)

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the new I-9 form, what an I-9 form is, and the penalties for non-compliance. The penalties, both civilly and criminally, are becoming too severe to ignore. Civil fines for employers can range from $3200 (per violation) for a first offense to $16,000 (per violation) for a third or [...]


Seven Mistakes DIY Companies Make

A few weeks ago, I blogged about whether or not you truly need an attorney to form an LLC or corporation. I thought that would spark a lot more discussion about people’s experiences good and bad with Legal Zoom, The Company Corporation, BizFilings, etc. Today, I am following up that post with the view from [...]


Update: Marvelous Malia and Sweet Sasha Retired

Last week, I blogged about the zone of privacy around Malia and Sasha Obama. Ty Corporation, which makes Beanie Babies, was selling “Marvelous Malia” and “Sweet Sasha” dolls. First Lady Michelle Obama objected to the use of her children’s names and likenesses by a private company.


Robbing Peter to Pay Paul? Make Sure Employment Taxes are Paid First

Today is the deadline for providing 2008 tax forms to employees (Form W-2 for employees who earned any amount) and independent contractors (Form 1099-MISC for independent contractors who earned a total of $600 or more from you).


Urgent Update: Delays for Mandatory use of E-Verify

Mandatory use of E-Verify delayed further: Mandatory use of the controversial employment eligibility tool, E-Verify, by Federal contractors and subcontractors has been delayed until May 21, 2009. E-Verify is an internet based system for verifying employment eligibility.


Urgent Update: Delays for new I-9 form

New I-9 Form use delayed: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced last friday that it has delayed by 60 days, until April 3, 2009, the implementation of an interim final rule entitled “Documents Acceptable for Employment Eligibility Verification.” The new I-9 form, originally scheduled for implementation today, February 2, 2009, should not be used [...]