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Sue A
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USA
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Posted - 11/05/2009 :  7:08:24 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Marla, I just get a store stamp, they accept that. I was told that I have to fax my inventory form in still, after entering it online. I only do my WM on an order received basis, which is usually twice a month, sometimes weekly, depending on how many filters they sell I guess.My Albertsons is never a problem, I go over the counts with the dept. manager and she decides if she wants to place an order or not on each visit.

Sue A
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BarbaraF
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Fruita, CO
USA
82 Posts

Posted - 11/05/2009 :  8:49:02 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Marla,

I called my scheduler today to check on things. And yes...you still have to fax it in. So apparently I'm missing paperwork for one week....oops. I'll fax it in later. It does take a while to enter the inventory. I just get a store stamp as well and that has never been questioned. Trying to get a no sale receipt would take too long...but sometimes it takes a clerk a long time to find a store stamp.

Barbara
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MarlaB
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Attica, IN
USA
2843 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2009 :  05:09:21 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I guess WM's cash register system doesn't give out the "no sale" receipts any more, so I got a voided receipt. I spoke to the dept mgr and he started telling me what he thought he needed. It was easy and I think I'll keep the assignment, since this was a 'trial' week. I faxed my paperwork this morning. Do you usually fax your timesheet on a certain day? I just included it in my faxing today since I don't have anything else scheduled.

Marla
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Raymond E
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Gilbert, AZ
USA
159 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2011 :  10:03:44 AM  Visit Raymond E's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Does anyone have any recent feedback on Apollo? I was employed by Ion Smart several years ago. However, after moving states I let the employment expire. I'm just wondering if its worth going through the rehire process.

Raymond
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MarlaB
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Attica, IN
USA
2843 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2011 :  3:52:14 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Not for me, but maybe your area would have more work. I've only done 2 assignments for them, just enough to get a W2 and have to wait for that one. Neither one were $20.

Marla
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Big Sue
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USA
783 Posts

Posted - 12/01/2011 :  11:02:39 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
So far for me (working for several companies), the months leading up to the holidays, Sept., Oct., Nov. are always crazy and swamped. But December is often slow.
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MarlaB
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Attica, IN
USA
2843 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2011 :  12:28:09 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
It's been crazy for me also in Oct and Nov. I'm hoping that Dec will slow down some. I've worked for them before and found them to be a reputable company, with a very nice supervisor for my areas. I've had to turn down several jobs from them lately due to too much other work, but they keep asking, just in case I could do some work for them.

Marla
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MindyZ
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Hesperia, CA
USA
512 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2011 :  1:41:19 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Hubby has never notarized an I-9 and he has applied to a lot of companies, seems to him the only ones doing that are the ones that don't pay enough for a job or don't pay at all.

MindyZ

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MarlaB
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Attica, IN
USA
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Posted - 12/02/2011 :  3:39:21 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I had mine notarized at my bank, since I had an account, it didn't costs me anything. $20 is too much for a notary, for 1 simple signature, check around. Some UPS stores have notaries.

I've needed mine notarized 2-3 times, but it is rare.

Marla
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MindyZ
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Hesperia, CA
USA
512 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2011 :  3:52:43 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Hubby has worked for the original company owned by "DDP Holdings" they have progressed a little, bought more companies and done a lot more not-nice things, they are still in business so can't say much about that, we just know that we won't work for them or any of "their" companies.

MindyZ

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Robert A. Miller
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PA
USA
389 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2011 :  8:01:56 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I recently went through the I-9 garbage with Set and Service Resources. I have been with them since 2008. They have a new payroll company in Michigan. No notary will touch an I-9, because there is no place for a notary stamp. My bank would not touch it. I volunteer at our local Senior Center as a Meals on Wheels driver. I asked the center director if she would sign it. It shows an official outfit signed for it. I did give some people at SASR and the payroll company some polite grief. Won't do that I-9 notary crap again.
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MarlaB
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Attica, IN
USA
2843 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2011 :  06:47:04 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Alot of companies are doing the notary thing due to people using other people SS numbers, They are just covering their backsides. All the notary is doing is verifying that you are who you are by presenting the documents to them and the document look legit to them. There is no 'place' on the form, except where the employer signs. That is where the notary signs. Basically the notary is acting on behalf of the employing company for that reason. I had one company actual send a letter to the notary stating this.

Marla
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MindyZ
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Hesperia, CA
USA
512 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2011 :  07:23:39 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
We have worked quickie projects for a few companies, never did one of them ask for a notarized I-9, we don't work a project without speaking to a "company voice".

The I-9 thing is all "horse hooie" anyways, if somebody wanted to "work" under your name, more than likely now days they would just hack all your info and raid your bank account or open a charge card, why work?

Hubby thinks that these companies feel if you will jump through hoops to work for low pay, "YOU'RE IN!!!"

Don't have time for this crud, we only have a few hit and miss jobs coming up, hopefully one of our "regulars" will come up with some work to tide us over.

We have work scheduled starting the 3rd and will be too busy to worry about much else. May be tight for the holidays.. but after 36 yrs. of marriage we know we'll get through.

MindyZ

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MariaMia
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Los Angeles, CA
USA
274 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2011 :  08:12:13 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Good post Mindy...Things are tight for many of us but if youre savy enough and smart enough you can get through. I m still doing Crossmark as well as a few side jobs from demos..I m not running after the so called companies who want people to work for ridiculous wages and then maybe not pay them..Not worth my blood,sweat, or time IMO.. Cheers..Mia
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MarlaB
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Attica, IN
USA
2843 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2011 :  08:21:48 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I used to work at a temp service for construction workers. We did have 1 gentlemen use a SS number that wasn't his. It belong to a woman about 85 years old. The gentleman was in his 30s and the card looked just like it should have. What had happened is he found someone's card and gently erased the name and had his name printed. Only after our payroll company searched the database of SS numbers/names did we know about it. Luckily, we had not given him any work, and he didn't call or return asking about work. This was back in the 1990s and it has happened more and more since.

It's to the benefit of the employing company to ask for verification and have someone (notary) to vouch for the paperwork. Just a safety thing.

Yes, it's a hassle for us, but you know how some people ruin it for others.

Marla
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Robert A. Miller
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PA
USA
389 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2011 :  08:53:37 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I should be reimbursed if I have to pay a notary to prove who I am. SASR would not pay it, and neither would the payroll company. This works both ways. I was once contacted by a company for employment. They wanted all my personal information. I would not give it out without some verification on their part. I asked to see permits and or a license to operate in various states. No such reply. They were a scam!
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Big Sue
Star Contributor

USA
783 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2011 :  10:42:41 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MarlaB

Alot of companies are doing the notary thing due to people using other people SS numbers, They are just covering their backsides. All the notary is doing is verifying that you are who you are by presenting the documents to them and the document look legit to them. There is no 'place' on the form, except where the employer signs. That is where the notary signs. Basically the notary is acting on behalf of the employing company for that reason. I had one company actual send a letter to the notary stating this.

If a company requires a Notary, then THEY should also reimburse you immediately for that expense whether you are hired or not, and write it off their taxes. That is the price of doing business. They pay someone to process your paperwork and payroll and this is no different. I would never chump up any fee or up front costs just to apply with any company or as part of their hiring practices. If they are that cheap and can't afford this, why should they think that I can? That's just ridiculous. In this day and age of everything being available in data bases they can readily access the Social Security data base to see if you are who you claim to be and they also have your driver's license with your photo on it besides as verification.
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MarlaB
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Attica, IN
USA
2843 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2011 :  3:06:20 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Unfortunately there is one company that you have to pay for your background and drug test and then IF you do work for them a certain number of times, then they will reimburse you. For me, that company only has 1 job that you can only do everyother month.

Marla
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Eric in Tampa
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Shopperville, FL
USA
193 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2011 :  6:14:51 PM  Visit Eric in Tampa's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
I actually went to my bank to get my Apollo paperwork notarized....for free. And last time I checked, the notary fee for the Apollo paperwork is $5. C'mon you all. Your really going to make a major reimbursement issue over $5? If that was the case, would you raise the same issue regarding mileage to and from the demo site?

Eric
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Undercover Essentials Video Certified, 2012 and owns PV-500 ECO. Nevada Work card (expires 2020).
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Sherry Lyons
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Junction City, OR
USA
49 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2011 :  9:01:09 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Whenever I need something done with an I-9 I just fill out the top part of the paperwork and sign where needed and have my license scanned or SS card scanned and sent on to the human resources department of that company and they take care of the requirements for their end of the signatures. I would just send a copy via a scan and let them do it at their end. When you work for a major business and are hired the HR person does this. I have never had a problem with having something accepted this way.

Sherry Lyons
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