Despite California Governor Jerry Brown recently signing into law the Employment Acceleration Act of 2011 (A.B. 1236) that prohibits cities and counties in the state from requiring employers to use an electronic employment eligibility verification system such as E-Verify beginning January 1, 2012, an article in the Contra Costa Times reveals that more than 26,000 employers in the Golden State have signed up for the federal E-Verify program that checks if newly hired employers are legally eligible to work in the United States.
In the article ‘California employers embrace E-Verify,’ the Contra Costa Times reports that 26,125 employers and 90,318 job sites in California used E-Verify, and the number of California job sites using E-Verify increased by 37 percent from a year ago. In addition, approximately 2.5 million workers in California were audited through the E-Verify system in the past year. California has more job sites using the federal electronic eligibility verification system than any other and is second only to Arizona – where E-Verify use is required by law – in the number of employers using E-Verify.
According to statistics cited in the article, the following U.S. states have the most job sites currently using E-Verify:
- California – 90,318 job sites
- Arizona – 74,235 job sites
- Texas – 55,420 job sites
- Georgia – 54,182 job sites
- New York – 52,370 job sites
- Florida – 49,428 job sites
- Pennsylvania – 42,655 job sites
- Missouri – 41,707 job sites
- North Carolina – 35,851 job sites
- Virginia – 35,311 job sites
E-Verify is a web-based system U.S. employers can use to check the work authorization status of newly hired employees by comparing information on Employment Eligibility Verification Forms – ‘Form I-9s’ – against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) databases. According to statistics from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), 98.3 percent of the 15.6 million queries submitted to E-Verify in the 2010 fiscal year were quickly confirmed to be legal workers.
Employers may choose to have a Designated E-Verify Employer Agent assist them in maintaining compliance with the E-Verify process. Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a nationwide background check company accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – is a Designated E-Verify Employer Agent that can help virtually eliminate I-9 form errors and help maintain a legal workforce. To learn more about ESR’s E-Verify services, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/formi9.php.
A current E-Verify Legislation Map is available at http://www.trackercorp.com/everify-legislation-map.php.
The Employment Acceleration Act of 2011 (A.B. 1236) is available at: http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_1201-1250/ab_1236_bill_20110909_enrolled.pdf.
The article ‘California employers are embracing E-Verify’ from the Contra Costa Times is available at: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_19223845.
Related ESR News Blog (Posted October 12, 2011): Employment Acceleration Act of 2011 Prohibits Cities, Counties, and Special Districts in California from Requiring the Use of E-Verify.
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Founded in 1997 in the San Francisco, CA area, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by ESR Founder and CEO Lester Rosen. ESR streamlines the screening process and reduces administrative overhead though its proprietary technology solutions. ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), a distinction held by less than two percent of all screening firms. This important recognition was achieved by successfully passing a third party audit demonstrating compliance with the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program. By choosing an accredited screening firm like ESR, employers know they have selected an agency that meets the highest industry standards. For more information about ESR, visit http://www.ESRcheck.com.
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