More than 300 South Carolina Businesses Cited for E-Verify Violations

South Carolina state labor department officials have cited 323 businesses for violating a 2011 law requiring employers to use the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system to determine if newly hired employees can work legally in the United States, according to a report on The State website. Less than 10 percent of companies that were part of first year of mandatory immigration checks failed to comply with the law. The article is available at

A spokeswoman for the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR) said that none of those businesses have lost operating licenses and that there have been no repeat violations that can result in fines and the suspension of business licenses, The State reported. The LLR spokeswoman also told The State that they still encounter “employers who are not familiar with the state law and E-Verify” but the number of those businesses “declines each month.” The South Carolina law exempts farmer workers, maids, and fishermen from E-Verify requirements.

E-Verify is a free web-based system compares information from the Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 that all newly hired workers must fill out to government records in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) databases. While participation in E-Verify is still voluntary for many businesses in the United States, employers with federal contracts or subcontracts must use the system. E-Verify usage is also required by law in several U.S. states – like South Carolina – and the list continues to grow.

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