HR Questions/Answers

Kids Health First wants to be one of your go-to resources for questions regarding human resources. If we are not able to answer your questions we will direct you to an alternate source. Several vendors with expertise in the area of Human Resources are also available to us. These include: 

  • Mineral ( formerly ThinkHR
  • Our broker—Sterling Seacrest Pritchard
  • Adamas Keegan—Our legal consult

Confidentiality is a main concern for us, so we won’t provide the practice name, provider, or staff member who ask the questions. If you want to speak to us about a similar or different situation, please contact Barbara Douglas at

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March 1, 2024

Q: What is the difference between a furlough and a layoff?

A: During a difficult economic period, both a furlough and a layoff are different methods an employer may use to reduce costs.


  • The employee continues working, but the working hours are cut.
  • The employee may be told to used earned paid time off during this time.
  • When furloughed, the employee expects to return to work at the end of this period.


  • This means ending the employer-employee relationship.
  • Most layoffs are permanent; this method should not be used as a temporary measure.
  • Employers should not want to give an employee hope of a possible return to work, especially if that is not possible.

Regardless, employers should provide certain notices of the change in employment, and a continuation of certain benefits. Individuals who face either situation may be eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits.



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January 25, 2024

Q: Can we store completed 1-9 Forms electronically?

A: The simple answer is “yes.” However, there are more rules you need to know. These rules come from the S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Please familiarize yourself with the following:

  • Only people who have permission to see the forms are allowed to see them.
  • You have to be able to recover the files if the information goes missing.
  • If there are changes to a file, there should be a permanent record when a person makes any changes. This record must include who changed the file, when the person changed the file, and what information was changed.
  • You must schedule times to check and see that your system is working to protect the information in the file.
  • There must be an index (alphabetical listing) which allows people to see and find a file in the system.
  • There must be a way to copy a file, and it must be clear enough to read.


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