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Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) office of Federal Student Aid are actively monitoring the new coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

On March 27, 2020, the president signed the CARES Act into law, which, among other things, provides broad relief for federal student loan borrowers. Below we have answered questions about several provisions of the Act. Questions that have been added or updated are identified with “NEW” or “UPDATED” before each question.

If you’re concerned about your studies or loan repayment, we can help you understand what to do in certain circumstances. We’ll be adding information for students, borrowers, and parents to this page on a regular basis, so please check back frequently.

For all the details go to: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.

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Human Resources Administration COVID-19 Response FAQs  04/2/2020

State governments throughout the United States are responding to the spread of COVID-19.  The state of Georgia is no exception to this effort. 

Thus, to help you guide your agency through this situation, the Department of Administrative Services/Human Resources Administration has posted a COVID 19 FAQ - 4/2/2020 document on their COVID-19 website.  

Update from the Georgia Department of Revenue 03/26/2020

Here is a quick update regarding the Georgia Department of Revenue. The Georgia Department of Revenue is automatically extending the 2019 income tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020. Vehicle registrations that expire between March 16, 2020 and May 14, 2020 are being extended through May 15, 2020.

Think Before You Click About COVID19

The worldwide spread of the new Coronavirus is being used by bad guys to scare people into clicking on links, open malicious attachments, or give out confidential information. Be careful with anything related to the Coronavirus: emails, attachments, any social media, or texts on your phone. Be sure to advise your family, and your children who may also be online. Look out for topics like:

  • Check updated Coronavirus map in your city
  • Coronavirus Infection warning from local school district
  • CDC or World Health Organization emails or social media Coronavirus messaging
  • Keeping your children safe from Coronavirus
  • You might even get a scam phone call to raise funds for "victims".

To check actual reputable sites, use the actual links in your browser such as https://www.cdc.gov//  There will be several scams related to this, so please remember to Think Before You Click!


CSPA General Meeting March 17th to be Rescheduled

In light of the recent coronavirus events CSPA leadership has opted to reschedule our March 17th General Meeting for another date to be announced. We look forward to communicating upcoming educational opportunities to you our HR Community.

In the meantime, don’t forget to use the CSPA forum to ask questions, share information and stay connected with the CSPA community. We are all in this together.

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UPDATED I9 Information Advisory From HRA 

The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) prohibits employers from hiring individuals, including U.S. citizens, for employment in the United States without first verifying their identity and employment authorization on Form I-9. Both employees and employers (or authorized representatives of the employer) must complete the form.

 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released a new version of Form I-9, dated October 21, 2019. From now until April 30, 2020, you may use either the new Form I-9 or the version containing the notation “Rev. 07/17/2017 N.” Beginning May 1, 2020, however, you must use only the new form with the October 21, 2019 version date.

 The new version may be completed as a fillable PDF file or on paper. Remember that Forms I-9 obtained from the USCIS website are not considered electronic Forms I-9 under Department of Homeland Security regulations and, therefore, cannot be electronically signed. Regardless of the method used to enter information into each field, a hard copy of the form must be printed, then signed and dated by hand where required.

 Employers do not need to complete the new Form I-9 for current employees who already have a properly completed Form I-9 on file, unless reverification applies. Unnecessary verification may violate the antidiscrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. ยง1324b).

 In the newly updated Form I-9, USCIS added Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and North Macedonia (formerly Macedonia) to the Country of Issuance field in Section 1 and the foreign passport issuing authority field in Section 2, because of those countries' recent name changes. These changes are only visible when completing the fillable Form, I-9 on a computer.

 USCIS also made the following revisions in the form instructions:

  •  clarified who can act as an authorized representative on behalf of an employer;
  • updated USCIS website addresses;
  •  provided acceptable document clarifications;
  • updated the process for requesting the paper Form I-9; and
  • updated the DHS Privacy Notice.

The instructions include detailed information for completing document Lists A, B, and C in Section 2, for both online and paper versions.  Click here to download the new form, including fillable and paper versions, as well as instructions.

 If you have questions concerning this notice, please contact HRA Policy at Policy@doas.ga.gov 

 

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