Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New Pope Francis from Argentina - former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio

Pope Francis, the New Pope of the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church has a new Pontiff, a humble Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who adopted the papal name "Pope Francis" which lends a new day dawning for the church that was engulfed with numerous scandals in the past months and prompted the resignation of Pope Benedict. He became the Pope in March 13, 2013 after the conclave of 115 Cardinals from around the world casted their vote. 

Pope Francis, speaking Italian with a slight Latin American accent, joked with the crowd before delivering his blessing, saying: "As you know the duty of the conclave is to give Rome a bishop. It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world."

The Buenos Aires Herald described Pope Francis as "low-profile, austere Jesuit, Bergoglio resisted the gay marriage law, promoted by the administration of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and passed by Congress in 2010. The Roman Catholic Church of Argentina played a role during the country’s 1976-1983 civil-military dictatorship that certain ruling Victory Front officials have accused of “complicity”.

Francis, the son of middle-class Italian immigrants, is known as a humble man who denied himself the luxuries that previous Buenos Aires cardinals enjoyed. He came close to becoming pope last time, reportedly gaining the second-highest vote total in several rounds of voting before he bowed out of the running in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.

In a lifetime of teaching and leading priests in Latin America, which has the largest share of the world’s Catholics, the former Bergoglio has shown a keen political sensibility as well as a self-effacing humility, according to his official biographer, Sergio Rubin. His personal style is the antithesis of Vatican splendor.

May the new Pope Francis will be blessed with good health always and that he may successfully execute the needed guidance for his church.  God Bless Pope Francis. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

New Version of I-9 Form Effective March 8 2013 - the US Employment Eligibility Verification Form

Effectivity - March 8, 2013 Valid up to Mar 31, 2016

The USCIS, Department of Homeland Security released as of March 8, 2013 the new version of the Employment Eligibility Form that is normally referred to as I-9 Form by the individuals who are involved in employment related activities. 
  • Employers should begin using the newly revised Form I-9 (Rev.03/08/13)N for all new hires and verifications
  • Employers may continue to use previously accepted revision (Rev.02/02/09)N and (Rev.08/07/09Y untill May 7, 2013
  • After May 7, 2013, employers must only use Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N

Reminder to All Professionals within Human Resources Department:
Please read carefully the document and its instruction prior to administration. Make sure that you understand the provisions of this document.  The Form illustrates all the required data for each Section 1, 2, and 3. Acceptable Supporting documents are listed on Page 9 of the complete document including instruction.  

Improvements to Form I-9 include new fields, reformatting to reduce errors, and clearer instructions to both employees and employers. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a Notice in the Federal Register informing employers about the new Form I-9. 

There is a Spanish version of Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N that is available on the USCIS website for use in Puerto Rico only

All other Spanish-speaking employers and employees in the US 50 states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories may refer to the Spanish version as a reference only, but must always complete the English version of the form.

When in doubt, it is always good practice to seek the guidance of a more experienced professional or hire a Coach to train you. 

Link to the downloadable form - New Version of I-9 Form

It is strongly suggested that representatives of hiring employers will understand the new changes for I-9 compliance. JNT Consulting will be available to guide you for your I-9 compliance if you don't have the necessary competencies in executing them.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Enjoy the Spring 2013 - the Refreshing Colors, Activities with Friends, Events and Celebrations

Again, It is Spring Time My Friends ~

On Sunday, March 10, Daylight Saving Time  
"Time to move forward your clock to reflect the correct time" 
(Applicable only in US States that observe DST)

Spring Season is always the refreshing time after the long drawn coldness of the winter breezes, rains and gloomy skies. It is the time when the spring flowers in your gardens and pots will grow and bloom. 

Spring is also the time when there are many changes around you, time to celebrate and enjoy the climate that nature brings. 

Here are the Top Ten Spring Chores that may be on your list. Have fun and be safe always. 
1. Time of de-cluttering unwanted items from your drawers and cabinets 

2. Time to re-organize your closets, hide the Winter outfits and hang your Spring collection ward drove

3. Time to re-grow your gardens of vegetables, herbs and flowers

4. Many household chores and renovations are underway

5. Many will pack their belongings or homes, and move to another city, state or country

6.  It's also time to meet your new neighbors, who moved from far other places 

7. Take time to enjoy the beautiful weather among friends, new neighbors and family

8. It is also the time to enjoy Spring vacations  

9. Time for your Spring neighborhood Yard Sales (where applicable)

10. Time to celebrate important events that normally taking place during the season. New celebrations will be held as well. 

The beautiful California's colorful flowers are blooming everywhere in your neighborhoods and flower farms... butterflies, bees and birds enjoy them alike. 

When you meet with friends and acquaintances, do not forget to learn something new and different. In that way, you always have something to think about and share to others when the chance will come. 

Spring Season is another moment that will bring us new opportunities in life. 

Enjoy and be productive always.