Does your congregation have its ‘I-9’s in order?
Under federal law, all employers—including congregations, synods and church organizations–must have a form on file that verifies the employment eligibility and identity of each employee.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires all U.S. employers to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification form (Form I-9) for all employees, including U.S. citizens. There are no exceptions! There are many documents that have been approved to establish employment eligibility. Be careful to note which documents are needed alone and which ones are needed in combination.
The Bureau of U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has primary responsibility for enforcing these laws. You will find the I-9 forms, in English and Spanish, and other useful information on their Web site.
Background ChecksAre there some questions we should ask and issues we should address when doing background checks in the staff hiring process?You can do a background check yourself or hire a service to do it for you. Most of this information is public record and can be retrieved online.
Background Checks can be done to:
Two background check companies, ChoicePoint, a LexisNexis company, through VolunteerSelect Plus and Oxford Document Management Company, are offering ELCA organizations and institutions at competitive fees for their services:
ChoicePoint, a LexisNexis companyAs a preferred vendor, ChoicePoint through VolunteerSelect Plus is waiving any set-up or initiation fees if you use the promotion code provided. VolunteerSelect Plus offers services to ELCA synods, congregations, and affiliated organization customers at competitive rates.
OxfordAs a preferred vendor, Oxford offers a 10% discount on all screening services provided to synods, congregations, and affiliated organization customers. Oxford never charges set-up or initiation fees. To obtain the discount, call Oxford at 1-800-801-9114.
Background Screening from Church Mutual InsuranceApplications for Employment : Hiring Lay Staff (including an application form)See also Employment Law