E-Verify Work Eligibility
The current state of our economy has employers taking every step possible to hire and retain valuable employees, while reducing turnover. To effectively achieve these goals, employers need to hire people legally authorized to work in the United States. E-Verify is a voluntary program available for all employers, operated by the United States Government to assist in certifying each newly hired employee’s legal eligibility to work in the United States.
Why Should Companies Use E-verify?
Currently, E-verify is the best means available to prevent and eliminate mismatched Social Security numbers. In a nutshell, when an employer submits a new-hire’s name, date of birth, and Social Security number to the I-9 E-Verify process, the Social Security Administration will flag it if the name, date of birth, and Social Security number submitted fail to match their records, indicating the new hire is potentially an un-authorized, un-documented worker.
Also, the E-verify program improves the accuracy of wage and tax reporting and protects American jobs for authorized, legally compliant workers, and helps to uphold the integrity of a workforce.
Now employers don’t have to deal with wearisome verification processes, waiting on hold for minutes or even hours, as was formerly involved in the I-9 verification process; they can simply access our website, submit electronic requests and receive their results online.
Who Is Required To Use E-verify?
Any employer awarded Federal government contracts or providing services for the Federal government as a contractor or subcontractor is required to begin using the E-Verify system as of May 21, 2009. The new rule implements Executive Order 12989, as amended by President George W. Bush on June 6, 2008, directing Federal agencies to require their contractors to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their employees. Experts say that this trend will eventually affect all employers, whether government contractors or not.