Tag Archives: E-verify

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 http://www.thestate.com/2013/03/25/2693045/more-than-300-sc-companies-cited.html. Continue reading

USCIS Releases Special Edition of E-Verify Connection Newsletter for Recent Changes to Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a Special Edition of E-Verify Connection, an e-newsletter for employers and workers that contains information about important changes recently made to the new Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13 N). A PDF version of the E-Verify Connection e-newsletter is available online at http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-Verify_Native_Documents/Newsletters/E-Verify-Connection.pdf. Continue reading

Handbook for Employers with Guidance for Completing Revised Form I-9 Updated by USCIS

The Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing the Form I-9 (M-274) has been updated to include information about the revised Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) N that employers should begin using immediately for all new hires and re-verifications, according to a bulletin from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The revised Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) is available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. The updated Handbook (M-274) is available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/m-274.pdf. Continue reading

USCIS Offers Free Webinars to Inform Employers about Revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

To help inform employers of the revisions to the new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) N, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is offering free educational webinars that highlight the new features of the revised Form I-9form, including the new fields and format, and also include a detailed overview of how to use the form. The revised Form I-9 is now available for immediate use by all employers for all new hires and re-verifications at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. Continue reading

House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Holds Hearing on E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System

On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing entitled “How E-Verify Works and How it Benefits American Employers and Workers” in Washington, D.C. Members at the hearing discussed whether use of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification system should be required by all U.S. employers to check the legal work status of newly hired employees as part of proposed legislation to reform the nation’s immigration system. To watch a video webcast of the meeting, visit http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/113th/hear_02272013.html. Continue reading

E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System Receives High Ratings in Customer Satisfaction Survey

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that users of the federal E-Verify online system that allows businesses to verify the employment eligibility of their employees to work in the United States gave the program high marks in a recent customer satisfaction survey. More than 1,300 randomly selected employers across the nation who use E-Verify rated the program as exceptionally high in overall customer satisfaction with an average score of 86 out of 100 on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) scale, 19 points above the current federal government average. To view the entire E-Verify ACSI report, visit here: ‘E-Verify Customer Satisfaction Survey, Final Report, January 2013.’ Continue reading

Legislation Introduced in Rhode Island Would Establish E-Verify Compliance Chapter in State Law

Rhode Island Representative Peter G. Palumbo (D-Dist. 16, Cranston) has introduced legislation – (2013-H5236) – that would establish an E-Verify Compliance chapter in state law requiring all employers in the state to participate in the federal program, according to a press release from Representative Palumbo. The legislation would require employers with 200 or more employees to use E-Verify no later than January 1, 2014, while employers with between 50 and 200 workers would have until July 1, 2014 and employers of 50 or fewer workers would have until January 1, 2015 to comply. To read the full version of (2013-H5236), visit http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText13/HouseText13/H5236.pdf. Continue reading

Department of Justice Reaches Agreement with Food Service Provider Over Alleged Discrimination Violations with E-Verify

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced an agreement with a South Carolina-based Food Service provider to resolve allegations of violating the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) during the employment eligibility verification process that included the federal E-Verify program.  Under the terms of the agreement, the Food Service provider, one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, will pay $250,000 in civil penalties, the third highest amount paid through settlement since enactment of the INA’s anti-discrimination provision in 1986.  For more information about the agreement, visit http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/January/13-crt-026.html. Continue reading

Georgia Department of Agriculture Failed To Use E-Verify for Employment Eligibility Verification

An audit has revealed that the Georgia Department of Agriculture failed to register to use the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system until April of 2012 to check if newly hired employees were eligible to work in the United States when use of the database was required by state law of public employers since 2007, according to a report by the Associated Press (AP). The story from AP is available at http://www.gpb.org/news/2013/01/05/dept-of-agriculture-failed-to-use-e-verify. Continue reading

Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013 Released by Employment Screening Resources

Nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) has released its Sixth Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ featuring emerging and influential trends in the background screening industry selected by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. For 2013, the focus on accuracy of background check report information and the greater scrutiny of the screening industry was chosen as the number one trend. The Sixth Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends-for-2013.php. Continue reading