This relaxation of the standard procedures only applies to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely. If there are employees physically present at a work location, no exceptions are being implemented at this time for in-person verification of identity and employment eligibility documentation for Form I-9. Employers who avail themselves of this option must provide written documentation of their remote onboarding and telework policy for each employee. This burden rests solely with the employers. These provisions may be implemented by employers through May 20, 2020 OR within three business days after the termination of the National Emergency, whichever comes first.
Cybercrime Amidst COVID-19
What’s Happening? Times like these bring out the best in people and, unfortunately, the worst. The FBI has observed an uptick in cybercriminal attacks and fake emails in recent months and has issued a Public Service Announcement relating to a rise in fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. While cybercrime has nothing directly to do with employee benefits, it is worth noting as an important element of the playbook for employers. FBI Notice Overview Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal money, personal information, or both. Schemes are designed around clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus, donating to a charity, contributing to a crowdfunding campaign, etc. Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until payment is received. Specific tactics to watch out for include: • Fake CDC Emails: Fraudsters use links in emails to deliver malware to computers to steal personal information or to lock the computer and demand payment. Be particularly wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. • Phishing Emails: While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking private information in order to send money. Phishing emails may also claim to be related to charitable contributions, financial relief, airline carrier refunds, fake cures, fake vaccines, and fake testing kits. • Counterfeit Treatments or Equipment: Efforts are also being made to lure people through selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. This includes counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves.
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