CHAMBER NEWSLETTER Building Strong Community Partnerships
The Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce Of Florida, (HACCOF) was established as a catalyst for change. Our Mission: To serve as a resource for its members, partners and businesses, dedicated to serving their needs and the economic development of the broader Haitian-‐ American community.
HACCOF is the leading organization to bring businesses together and acts as an advocate for Haitian and Haitian-‐ American enterprises. We are the premier voice for the business community to the public, the media and government entities. HACCOF mobilizes concerned entrepreneurs across Florida, the U.S. and Haiti when important legislation and regulations are planned or debated that may potentially affect the broader Haitian business community. HACCOF promotes partnerships and alliances within communities throughout Florida and Haiti to build healthy business climates, foster investment opportunities, create employment growth, and encourage public and private sector collaboration.
IN THIS ISSUE: • HACCOF News • Chairman’s Welcome Message • Legal Corner: - Who let the dogs out? … - Immigration Considerations… • Member Spotlight • HR: EEOC Releases detailed… • Welcome New Members • What you missed… • Upcoming Events • Become a Member • Thank you sponsors
Continued on Page 7
Chamber Information: 1510 NE 162nd Street North Miami Beach, FL 33162 Phone: (305) 733-9066 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.haccof.com
A Message from our Chamber Chairman… Welcome to the first edition of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF) newsletter! Our newsletter will be distributed periodically to inform chamber members of useful and informative happenings, key accomplishments, business opportunities and upcoming events. Last year was an amazing year for HACCOF, our partners, members and our business community as a whole. In 2012, the Chamber conducted trade missions, helped organize an introductory trip to Haiti with the Thai Trade Center, organized the Women in Production trade show, worked alongside businesses interested in the economic growth of Haiti, and created many new partnerships. This year our goal continues to be the economic growth and development of our members and Haiti. Helping you connect and engage with other members creates strong community and business partnerships that we have the pleasure to be a part of. In 2013 we want to execute trade missions to Thailand and Taiwan, collaborate with key partners in South Florida and Haiti, support our members’ success by continuing to provide opportunities to network, engage and make business connections. Remember that the way to gain connections and exposure is to come out and participate in our monthly “Meet & Greet” networking events. We have a business after hours event every month to facilitate making connections with members like you. If you’re not a member, I personally invite you to join and become a vibrant part of our chamber. Thank you for your continued support and for being a part of our chamber community. Sincerely,
Pierre A. Saliba, Chairman
Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida is happy to announce its new partnership with Florida National University. We have joined forces to provide training, certificates, and Associates & Bachelors degree opportunities to our chamber members and family. For information about these great new chamber member benefits please contact us.
For more information about the programs available at Florida National University please call 305-‐821-‐3333 or visit www.fnu.edu. About Florida National University (FNU) Florida National College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Collage (SACS/COC), and has been providing quality higher education since 1982. 2
Officers, Board members, Founder & Executive Staff OFFICERS Pierre A. Saliba Chairman Jeff Lozama 1st Vice-Chair Munir Mourra, PHD. 2nd Vice-Chair Raoul Siclait Treasurer Régine Cambronne Secretary BOARD MEMBERS Commissioner Ronald A. Brisé Charles Fombrun Henri-Claude Müller-Poitevien Michaël Vorbe Patrick Martin Carl-Henry Salvant FOUNDER Philippe R. Armand, MBA EXECUTIVE OFFICE Paola Pierre, MBA, HRM Executive Director
LEGAL By: Richard T. Champagne, Esq. Champagne Law Group, P.A. Managing Partner
Who let the dogs out? Justice Antonin Scalia said in Florida v. Jardines that law enforcement officials may not let the dogs out to sniff homeowners’ homes to detect the presence of narcotics inside the homes… Over the last two decades, much of the privacy rights afforded by the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution have been eroded. Indeed, the constitutional safeguards guaranteed under the Fourth Amendment have been eviscerated in the aftermath of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 as a clarion call for a much more robust police presence and police involvement in our everyday life had been reverberated in our communities. Many felt that such an unprecedented dominant police involvement in our lives was imperative and necessary for crime prevention, effective prosecution of the war on drugs, and counter terrorism. JOIN THE CHAMBER TODAY! But advocates for individual freedom and liberties have always See the back of this expressed great skepticism and concerns newsletter to fill out about the scope of the power granted to membership form law enforcement officials to detect, OR prevent, and combat crimes. But this did not deter police departments across the Visit our website at nation to even continue asking for more www.haccof.com to power and latitude to do their law download our enforcement work at the expense of membership form individual liberties and freedoms guaranteed by the United States OR Constitution. E-mail us at Lately, there has a new trend email@example.com for whereby sophisticated technological more information equipments such as thermal imaging devices, infrared military-grade cameras, and GPS devices are used by police to Continued on Page 12 3
By: Patricia Elizee, Esq. Elizee Hernandez Law Firm Managing Partner
Immigration Considerations for Business Owners
Business owners must be mindful of immigration considerations when hiring employees to work in their businesses. First off, it is illegal for any business owner to hire an individual who does not have work authorization in the United States. It is the business owner’s burden to verify that the employee is able to legally work in the US. However, please note that it is illegal to discriminate against workauthorized individuals in hiring, discharge, recruitment or referral for a fee based on immigration status. The United States Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) agency recently published a new version of Form I-9. All employers must complete Form I-9 to document verification of the identity and employment authorization for each new hire. Employers must complete this form for both citizen and non-citizen employees. The form can be found at USCIS.gov. There is no filing fee. The employee will fill out the first section of the form and provide their contact information, social security number, and provide their immigration status. To be authorized to work in the United States the employee must either be a US Citizen, a Lawful Permanent Resident, or an Alien authorized to work. Immigrants who are paroles, asylees, or refugees will most likely have work authorization. Immigrants in pending immigration proceedings or have a pending immigration application will also most likely have work authorization. Those with Temporary Protective Status (TPS) will also most lastly have work authorization. Immigrants with work authorization are issued Employment Authorization Cards by USCIS. The employee must present proof that he has work authorization. The employer must physically examine any documents presented and determine if it reasonably appears to be genuine. The employer should make copies of the proof of work authorization and complete the second part of Form I-9 with the evidence provided by the employee. The form is not mailed to USCIS but should be kept by the employer in the employee’s file to be presented to the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, or any other federal agency upon request. Once the employment relationship has ended, the employer must keep the Form I-9 on file for at least one year after the last day of employment or three years after the date of hire, whichever is later. Some Acceptable Documents to Prove Work Authorization: -
US passport Permanent Resident Card Alien Registration Receipt Card Foreign Passport that contains a temporary I-551 stamp Employment Authorization Document Foreign Passport and I-94 card with an endorsement of the alien’s nonimmigrant status.
Patricia Elizee is a Partner at Elizee Hernandez Law Firm. She can be reached at 305-371-8846 or firstname.lastname@example.org 4
“Haitian Culinary Alliance” A delicious culinary addition to our community! The Haitian Culinary Alliance officially opened in January of 2013 in the state of Florida, founded by Stephane Berrouet Durand, Davidson Destinoble, Neïma Bélancourt, Georges Laguerre and Alain Lemaire. The alliance currently has board members in Haiti, New York, California with their main base here in Florida. The Haitian Culinary Alliance's mission is to forge a strong and united network of food service, culinary and hospitality individuals of Haitian descent while providing networking and educational resources to its affiliates. Their goal is to become the voice for the cook or hospitality individual; giving them the necessary resources (exposure, training, mentorship, guidance etc.,). “We believe that gastronomy and hospitality are keys to attracting others to know and appreciate our culture.” – Haitian Culinary Alliance
Interested in the art of culinary? The Haitian Culinary Alliance is currently accepting new members. Anyone, interested is welcome to join, as long as you share the same passion for food and education.
For more information or to become a member of this dynamic new organization:
E-‐mail: email@example.com Phone: 305-‐814-‐2431 Event website: www.tasteofhaitiusa.com Follow on Twitter: @hca_usa
Continued from Page 1
Objectives… Past accomplishments… Goals... Our Objectives: q q q q q q q
Promoting business & economic development interest of our members. Promoting and facilitating business, professional and social relations and cooperation among our members. Forming alliances with members, business and civic leaders, other chambers, associations, agencies, government officials and foreign dignitaries to accomplish its goals. Promoting educational seminars and conferences for the improvement of our members and the betterment of our community. Hosting educational, local and international trade forums. Organize and facilitate networking programs. Engaging in dialogue, cooperation and understanding within Haitian communities.
In keeping with our objectives, HACCOF serves as the advocate for the Haitian-‐American community as well as a resource for consumers and businesses dedicated to serving the needs of our members and the economic development of our community. Some of our past accomplishments include: q q q q q q q q
Trade Mission to Thailand with the Thai Trade Center Organizing the first introductory trip to Haiti with the Thai Trade Center Served as a conduit of various firms interested in doing business with Haiti or the Haitian-‐American Community in South Florida. Partnership with Miami Dade College, Carry P Meek Foundation and Wells Fargo – Mentoring Program Seminar for business on federal and state law regarding employees and independent contractors by Littler and Mendelson nd Successfully organized the 2 largest Women in Production trade show 2012 Citizenship drive at the Notre dame D’Haiti Led the first Taiwan Business Delegation to Haiti.
With a keen focus on our objectives and a passionate collaboration from our members and our community we will accomplish the following goals & much more! q q q q
First Haiti/Haitian-‐American Trade Mission to Thailand Continue to Establish Collaborative agreement with other Key Partners in South Florida and Haiti Promote networking sessions with members and various local businesses. First Haiti/Haitian American Trade Mission to Taiwan.
Save time and money! Let a personal virtual assistant handle your administrative tasks while freeing up your time to maximize your business.
Member Spotlight SFLHCC Annual Black History Month Event February 13, 2013 The “Outstanding Community Leader Award” is presented to African Americans who have made significant contributions to our community and who have excelled in their respective careers. Among the 2013 Honorees: Régine Cambronne, HACCOF Board Secretary
Consulate General of Haiti in Miami Event March 24, 2013 The "Beacon of Hope and Achievement Award" is presented to women to honor their creativity and professionalism in humanitarian & community activities. Among the 2013 Honorees: Paola Pierre, Executive Director, HACCOF
Koze-Fanm "From Creation to Celebration" Event March 28th, 2013 The “Women of Courage Award” is presented to women who are determined to do their part in making positive changes towards the development of their community. Among the 2013 Honorees: Paola Pierre, Executive Director, HACCOF
January 31, 2013
EEOC Releases Detailed Enforcement Statistics – Claims Remain at Historic Levels The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it received 99,412 private sector workplace discrimination charges during fiscal year (FY) 2012 – October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012. While the number of charges is down slightly from the record number filed in previous fiscal year, FY 2012 marked the fifth consecutive year that neared the 100,000charge level. The EEOC also released details regarding the types of charges filed. For the second consecutive year retaliation is the most frequently filed charge (37,836), followed by race (33,512) and sex discrimination (30,356).1 Of particular interest to employers, the Commission released a new table analyzing the type of discriminatory actions alleged. Under Title VII, the top six most frequently challenged practices were discharge/constructive discharge, harassment/intimidation, terms and condition of employment, discipline, promotion, and wages. Even though the number of charges dipped, the EEOC obtained a historic amount of
ADVERTISE IN OUR HACCOF QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Share your business events and important news with all our chamber members, friends and community leaders. For advertising opportunities contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org ******
Continued on Page 12
- Oleta Partners, LLC - MOCA Café North Miami - Haitian Culinary Alliance
- Estime & Irvin Associates - Global Solutions Agency, LLC/Koze Fanm
Welcome 2013 New Chamber Members: The Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida would like to welcome the 2013 new members. We are happy to have you join our group of great members and leaders.
- Alix Desulme - Allstar HR Consulting - Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. - Gang Alternative Inc. - Jean Pierre
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS 10
- Champagne Law Group, P.A. - MC Virtual Professionals - RCA Media Group - Renaud Pierre-Charles
- Aude Sicard - Carol Keys, Attorney at Law - Elizee Hernandez Law Firm P.A. - Stacy Silvera
March 8, 2013 @ Moca Cafe & Lounge
Did you miss our last “Meet & Greet”?
A Special “Thank You” to our March sponsor: 11
Continued from Page 3 invade the most sensitive and intimate areas in our personal liberties and freedoms while escaping judicial scrutiny at state court level. But the United States Supreme Court has repeatedly drawn a line in the sand every time law enforcement officials place the sanctity of citizensâ€™ private homes at risk of being trampled and compromised in their exercise of their aggressive law enforcement tactics designed to prevent crime. Interestingly, Justice Antonin Scalia has been the most vociferous protector of homeownersâ€™ rights to be secured in their homes, papers, and effects from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement officials except if armed with a validly executed search warrant or if an exception to the search warrant requirements exists. As we are breathlessly anticipating the Supreme Court decisions in the Defense of Marriage Act case (DOMA), same-sex marriage case, and the other cases dealing with gay rights, the United Supreme Court made news last Tuesday in a surprise ruling in a Florida case, Florida v. Jardines, holding that police need a warrant to use a drug-sniffing dog to conduct a search around the exterior area of a home. Even more interestingly, Justice Clarence Thomas concurred in the 5-4 decision, joining the liberal wing of the Court. Justice Scalia had raised the eyebrows of many conservatives when he took a similar approach in Kyllo v. United States, holding that it violates the United States Constitution whenever police conduct a warrantless search using a device or instrument for purposes of detecting the most intimate details transpiring inside of the dwelling house when such intimate details could not have been detected by the naked eyes or by means of tools or instruments readily available to the general public. Consistent with this line of thinking, he recently ruled in United States v. Jones that police need a warrant to install GPS devices on a car. The Jardines decision is breath of fresh air for advocates of Fourth Amendment rights who felt for a long time that the Court has lost its footing in its role of being the protector of individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the United States Constitution. In essence, Justice Scalia reaffirms that a citizenâ€™s home is his castle and the rights to be free from government intrusion is inviolably sacred and sacrosanct.
Submit An Article Become a guest author for HACCOF HACCOF encourages all members to submit articles from their field of expertise for our quarterly newsletter. We are committed to being an information resource for our members and welcome all article suggestions. Please send all submissions to email@example.com. Management will review all articles before publishing. 12
GREEN CORNE R MISTER
Recycling for Charity Recycle your old cell phones and laser/inkjet cartridges for Charity.
Support these charities while benefiting the Environment.
For more information please contact: Mister Recycleman Phone: (305) 235-‐8686 Fax: (206) 984-‐4139 E-‐mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-‐mail: email@example.com
Continued from Page 8
EEOC Releases Detailed Enforcement Statistics – Claims Remain at Historic Levels of money from private employers through its administrative process – $365.4 million. On the litigation/investigation side of the EEOC's efforts, the story is more mixed. In FY 2012, the EEOC filed 155 lawsuits, collecting $44.2 million. Both numbers were down significantly from FY 2011 (300 lawsuits, collecting$91 million). The EEOC may have made up for the low number of lawsuits with a continued emphasis on systemic pattern investigations. In FY 2012, the EEOC completed 240 systemic investigations, which in part resulted in 46 settlements or conciliation agreements. These settlements, achieved without litigation, secured $36.2 million. What to Do with These Numbers No employer has unlimited resources to devote to anti-discrimination compliance (and even California only requires "reasonable" efforts to prevent!). The EEOC's statistics are an excellent roadmap for employers that want to focus their efforts on the most significant risks. For example, many employers provide sexual harassment training for managers. This practice is prudent given that harassment charges represent 20% of the total charges, the affirmative defenses available to those who conduct such training, and how explosive the issue can become. However, the number charges involving retaliation, race discrimination, and termination each outpaced the number of sexual harassment charges (indeed all harassment charge) in FY 2012. Employers would be well advised to ensure that their training and other compliance efforts pay as much attention to the issues causing the greatest number claims of harassment. 1 Sex discrimination includes allegations of sexual harassment and pregnancy.
David Goldman, Managing Shareholder of the Littler Learning Group, is in the San Francisco office. If you would like further information, please contact your Littler attorney at 1.888.Littler, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mr. Goldman at email@example.com. © 2013 Littler Mendelson, P.C. All Rights Reserved. LITTLER® and ASAP® are registered trademarks of Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Haitian Heritage Month 5/1/13 Haitian Heritage Cultural Month Opening Reception 5/7/13 Haitian Heritage Cultural Month Presentation 5/11/13 Taste of Haiti 5/16/13 Haitian Heritage Month, Reception 5/18/13 Haitian History Bee 5/26/13 Haitian Mother’s Day 5/30/13 Haitian Heritage Cultural Month Closing Reception
For more information on the Haitian Heritage Month events, please visit our website: www.haccof.com
Upcoming Events: Haitian Lawyers Association Annual Scholarship Gala Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 7:00 pm J.W. Marriott 1109 Brickell Ave Miami, FL 33131 www.haitianlawyersassociation.org Haitian American Nurses Association 29th Annual Scholarship Fundraising & Awards Gala Saturday, April 20th, 2013 From 7:00 pm â€“ 2:00 am J.W. Marriott 1109 Brickell Ave Miami, FL 33131 www.hanaofflorida.org
Reception Hosted by: HaitianAmerican Chamber of Commerce of Florida & Consulate General of Canada
Strength in Unity
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 From 6:00 pm â€“ 8:00 pm Doubletree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay 1717 N. Bayshore Drive Miami, FL 33132 www.haccof.com
May is Haitian Heritage Month Please visit our website (Events Page) for a list of events, celebrations, receptions and presentations. www.haccof.com
Haitian Heritage Month 15
JOIN THE CHAMBER TODAY! Please send your completed application and membership dues to: Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida 1510 NE 162nd Street North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Membership Levels: Corporate: $750.00
* New Members please add a first year, one-time $50.00 administrative fee. 16
A special Thank You to our sponsors and supporters:
Interested in sponsoring a Networking Event? Gain exposure by introducing yourself & your business to our friends & members at one of our monthly “Meet & Greet” events.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on this and other great chamber events, partnerships and Collaborations.
Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida 1510 NE 162nd Street North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Recipient Address 1 Address 2 City, State, Zip Code
Phone: (305) 733-9066 - E-mail: email@example.com - Website: www.haccof.com