E-Verify Must Be Used by Most Employers in Georgia and North Carolina by July 1

On July 1, 2013, the final phase of laws passed in Georgia and North Carolina – Georgia House Bill 87, the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011” and North Carolina Session Law 2011-263 House Bill 36 – take effect and mandate the use of E-Verify for most private companies in those states. Georgia employers with more than ten employees and North Carolina employers with more than twenty five employees must begin using the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program to check work authorization for all new hires. For more information about E-Verify, visit http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify.

Georgia H.B. 87, the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011” phased in mandatory E-Verify usage for private businesses in three stages. Employers with 500 or more employees had to use E-Verify by January 1, 2012 and employers with 100 or more employees but fewer than 500 had to use E-Verify by July 1, 2012. Employers with between 11 and 99 employees must use E-Verify for new hires on or before July 1, 2013. Private employers in Georgia with 10 or fewer employees are exempt from the law. The text of the law is available at http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20112012/116631.pdf.

The E-Verify legislation in North Carolina also became effective in three phases. Employers with 500 or more employees were required to use E-Verify by October 1, 2012 while employers with 100 or more employees were required to use E-Verify by January 1, 2013. Employers with 25 or more employees will be required to use E-Verify by July 1, 2013. The North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) is charged with investigating complaints for violations of the E-Verify law. The text of North Carolina S.L. 2011-263 H.B. 36 is available at http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H36v8.pdf.

E-Verify is a web-based system operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows employers to electronically verify the employment authorization of newly hired employees. Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – is a Designated E-Verify Employer Agent and a nationwide background screening provider accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). For more information, visit http://www.esrcheck.com or call Toll Free 888.999.4474.

Sources:

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20112012/116631.pdf

http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H36v8.pdf

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