In this issue: Hot Topic for July 2015, Our lead article: “Choosing Words Wisely” by Starla West and our featured interview with Ann Clifford, President – Safari Solutions

HR Hot Topic for July 2015


How Do I Correct a Mistake on an Employee’s Form I-9?

By: Ann Fisher, President – HR Alternative Consulting, Inc.

HR professionals face many challenges when they discover errors on I-9 forms that they’d like to correct. Recently, I was conducting an HR Evaluation (Audit) for a new client. I reviewed over 100, I-9 forms and approximately 25 were not in compliance.

The Risks of Non-Compliance

Employers who fail to fully comply with Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) face significant legal, financial and public relations risks. Non-compliance, whether intentional or simply caused by oversight, has severe consequences imposed by the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the potential of a corporate image tarnished by negative publicity.

Unfortunately, most employers are unaware that they have a problem with Form I-9 employment verification requirements until they are audited by governmental authorities. By that time, it is generally too late to undo the damage.

The following is a partial list of federally mandated fines:

Click HERE to read the complete article.


Choosing Words Wisely: How It Can Bite You in the Derrière When You Don’t

By: Starla West, Founder & President of

As many of you know, Forever 21 came under fire in the media after a leaked memo shared the retailer’s plans to reclassify some full-time employees’ jobs to part-time status, cutting their benefits and limiting their hours.

There are plenty of individuals discussing whether this decision is right or wrong and/or good or bad so we’ll leave that to them to hash out. I, instead, prefer to address how the decision was delivered to employees.

I am simply stunned that large organizations like Forever 21 continue to ignore the fact that words are powerful. When we choose them wisely, we are much more influential in our environment. As a result, it is easier to:

        make connections,
        close deals, and
        leave positive impressions.

But when we mishandle our words and the tone in which we present them, we run the risk of:

        offending clients,
        lowering employee morale, and
        creating an undesirable image.

Click HERE to read the complete article.


Ann Clifford -

I know numerous business owners have an interest in relocating their business, virtually and yet maintain their client base in their current State in the United States. There is a strong interest in how Safari Solutions was able to accomplish transiting from an established business location to running a business virtually?

HR: Briefly, tell me a bit about your business?

AC: Safari Solutions is a Recruitment Process Outsourcing firm. In layman terms, you might call us a retained search firm for owner-managed businesses without HR support. The big difference between us and traditional search firms is that our Tiger Eye Hiring™ process is customized for each search and our fees are more affordable for small businesses.

HR: How many employees do you currently have?

AC: Our team of 5 includes 3 full-time recruiters, a part-time admin staff member, and me.

HR: Safari Solution’s physical office was located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Do you still maintain office space in Indy?

AC: No, we closed our physical office over a year ago.

HR: What was the motivating factor that led you to go virtual and move to Florida?

AC: The move was strictly personal . . . to get away from Indiana winters. I had planned to move to Florida when I approached retirement, yet decided that I didn’t need to wait for retirement to enjoy sunshine. Plus, cloud based technology finally had matured enough that made it feasible. Not all businesses can work virtually, yet the recruiting industry is well-suited for virtual operations.

HR: Would you share with our readers the professionals you sought out to provide guidance during this transition? Tax Account, legal counsel, etc.?

AC: This was primary a technology play. It took several years of pre-planning to make it happen. Once I made the final decision, it took about a full year to plan and then another year to transition through all the changes. My outsource IT firm, Promethius Consulting, was instrumental in helping me sort through all the technology options and challenges. There were also personal tax implications that required my CPA’s advice.

HR: What was the biggest challenge in moving to a virtual office solution?

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