SHRM Foundation

COHR recognized as "2013 Super Star!"

September 2017 Print


MIX IT UP!  Renew your COHR Membership by October 31st for chance to win a Kitchen Aid Mixer!

What a year it's been for our membership's learning and professional growth!  Attendance has been strong at our monthly gatherings which always include a tasty meal and plenty of HR people connecting.

Trending HR topics highlighted at gatherings have included:

  *   "Strengthening the Organization through HR"
  *   Attorney led "Employment and Labor Law Updates"
  *   Hands-on and Interactive "Unemployment Mock Trail"
  *   Panel Discussion "What CEO's want from their HR Partners"
  *   Attorney led "ADA/FLMA/WC Leave"
  *   "Corporate Branding: Employee Image"
 And there is more to come!

To continue your COHR membership into 2018, click here to LOGIN to your COHR Membership Account (you will need your username and password). Once you are logged in, click on "Member Dues" on the left side toolbar under "Member Area".  Follow the process to renew your membership.  (Note:  If you accidentally click on the wrong link, scroll to the bottom of the website and click on "Member Area" at the bottom toolbar.)

Those renewing memberships (member renewal and fee received) by October 31st will be entered into a special drawing for a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer!

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Employent Law Update:

2017 Review and What to Expect in 2018

November 07, 2017,  8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Pine Lakes,  5603 Granddaddy Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577


Presented by Molly Cherry 

Molly Cherry is a member in the Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina offices of Nexsen Pruet, LLC.  She has a broad background in general business litigation, employment litigation and dispute resolution, and is a certified specialist in labor and employment law, as well as a civil court mediator.  Molly is active in the South Carolina Bar, having served as chairperson of the Employment and Labor Law Section.  She is also an active member of the Tri-County Human Resources Management Association, having served on the board for a number of years, including as chair.

Molly recently completed her service as chair of the SC Employment and Labor Law Advisory Board, and, last year, she was named the 2016 Charleston “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation -- Labor and Employment.

Molly represents management in a variety of employment matters including discrimination law, disability law, employment contracts and non-competition covenants, employment torts, wage issues, harassment litigation and training. She is a frequent speaker for business and community organizations on these topics and others.

This meeting is sponsored by:
Brooke Allen
Account Executive
If you register and are unable to attend the event, please notify us at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event ( or contact a COHR board member).  Failure to attend or notify, may result in a charge for the full amount of your ticket.


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A great big welcome to new members Jennifer Helgans from Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Darlene Borges from Brookgreen Gardens, and Mindy Pavilonis from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.



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Some of our COHR members enjoyed breakfast together before attending the SC State SHRM Conference this month.  A great time was had by all!


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Live2Lead is a full-day leadership and personal growth event hosted LIVE in Atlanta on October 6, 2017. This event is an annual leadership gathering developed by The John Maxwell Company. For almost a decade, Live2Lead has shared leadership and personal growth principles to a live audience and over 300 simulcast locations around the world.

Attendees learn from renowned leadership experts from a variety of industries, gain new perspectives on relevant topics, and get practical tools to take home with them.

We guarantee you will leave equipped and excited to lead and create change with renewed passion and drive.

Myrtle Beach Live2Lead will be presented at Ground Zero in Myrtle Beach, SC on October 6, 2017. The worldwide leadership simulcast event will be hosted by John Maxwell Team Members Wynn Godbold, Whitney Gallaway, and Justin Gallaway. Doors open at 8:00 am for resgitration.  Live2Lead begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 1:00 pm.  Tickets are $89.00 per person and can be purchased by going to

About the speakers:

John C. Maxwell, leadership expert, bestselling author and coach.  John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker, and was identified as the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. in 2014.

Dave Ramsey, personal money-management expert, best-selling author. America’s trusted voice on money and business, Dave Ramsey is a personal money-management expert and extremely popular national radio personality. His seven best-selling books—Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership, The Complete Guide to Money, Smart Money Smart Kids and The Legacy Journey—have sold more than 10 million copies combined.

Cheryl Bachelder, Former CEO, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. A passionate restaurant industry executive who most recently served as the CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., Cheryl is known for her crisp strategic thinking, franchisee-focused approach, development of outstanding leaders and teams and superior financial performance. Cheryl also most recently ranked #1 by Inc. Magazine in a Top Ten List of the World’s Best CEOs.

Warrick Dunn, former NFL Running Back, Partner of the Atlanta Falcons. After a 12-year career in the NFL, Dunn retired and in 2009 was approved by the NFL owners to become a limited partner of the Atlanta Falcons. Through Homes for the Holidays, Dunn honors his mother, Better Smothers. Betty was a Baton Rouge police officer who, as a single-mother of six, strived for the American dream of homeownership. While working, she was killed and was never able to realize that dream. The program has assisted over 152 single parents and 409 dependents nationwide with achieving first-time homeownership. In 2002, Dunn founded Warrick Dunn Charities to improve lives through innovative programming inspired by his journey.


Submit HR-relevant courses and webinars for sharing in the COHR community to Nicole at

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Are You Prepared for an I-9 Compliance Audit?

By Russell Ford

Companies need to stay on top of I-9 compliance, especially after the recent release of a new version of the form in an atmosphere of increased enforcement. Employers are required to use the new version of the Form I-9 (dated 07/17/17) beginning Sept. 18. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can examine your organization's records at will, so it is good practice to undergo regular I-9 compliance audits biannually.
These tips and cautionary tales will help prepare you for an I-9 inspection so that your company can avoid suffering a penalty from the federal government.
Fill Out All Sections Properly
In an I-9 audit from ICE, accuracy is key. Sections 1 and 2 will be reviewed for accuracy, while Section 3 will be reviewed for accuracy only if changes have been made, such as employment status, reverification and rehires. Employers should be prepared to provide any necessary corrections to ensure compliance.
A construction company was recently penalized $228,000 for multiple compliance violations, including submitting I-9 forms for dozens of employees with incomplete Sections 1 and 2. This is just one example of how taking the time to review all sections of the Form I-9 for accuracy and completion is absolutely vital.
Update Your Roster of Employees
Before the self-audit process begins, it is best to make sure that the roster of employees is up to date. Remember, all employees hired on or after Nov. 6, 1986, must have an I-9 filled out. During the audit process, I-9 forms will be matched up against the current roster of employees to check for any discrepancies. Most importantly, if you discover that an I-9 is not present for an employee, make best efforts to obtain one as soon as possible.
Have Valid I-9 Documentation
Now that you've reviewed the roster, check and see if all documentation is accounted for. Remember, documentation for former employees is only needed for one year after separation or three years from date of hire (whichever is later), so no need to clutter your files with unnecessary information.
All documents—List A or List B and List C—will likely be checked for validity. It is extremely important to review the process used to train your staff to identify documents that do not appear authentic or valid. Though you are not required to be experts in recognizing fraudulent documents, there is a "reasonableness" standard that you will be held to, and a failure to comply could result in fines and penalties.
Obtain All Necessary Signatures 
Forgetting to sign the form is one of the most common mistakes made by both employees and employers. That's why it is crucial to carefully look over all three sections of the I-9 once it has been completed. Even simple record-keeping mistakes and omissions can result in huge fines, so make sure to give the forms one more look to ensure all signatures are obtained.
Unfortunately for an event-planning company, a simple, repeat error ended up costing them big. The company neglected to ensure that Section 2 of the I-9 included each employee's signature, along with additional incompletions. In total, it was found that they were responsible for more than 800 violations. And the total fine? A whopping $605,250.
Another national staffing company did not have the correct person signing for its remote workers, which resulted in a $227,000 fine.
While I-9 compliance may seem simple, it is full of hurdles that can cause serious issues for employers. Remember, an ICE Notice of Inspection can come at any time and the agency will want I-9 documentation within three business days, so organization is essential.


Russell Ford, J.D., is a business immigration attorney and co-founder of FordMurray, based in Portland, Maine. He may be reached at




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