As part of the phasing in process for Georgia’s ‘HB 87 – Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011,’ the second phase of the law requires private businesses in the state “with 100 or more employees but fewer than 500 employees” to use the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system by July 1, 2012 to verify the legal work authorization status of newly hired employees to work in the United States. The full text of the law is available at: http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2011_12/sum/hb87.htm. The law amended Chapter 60 of Title 36 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions applicable to local governments, by revising Code Section 36-60-6, relating to issuance of local business licenses and evidence of state licensure. The law requires every private employer in Georgia with more than ten employees to register with and utilize the federal work authorization program known as E-verify and takes effect in three stages:
- The E-verify requirement took effect on January 1, 2012 for Georgia private employers with 500 or more employees.
- The E-verify requirement will take effect on July 1, 2012 for Georgia private employers with 100 or more employees but fewer than 500 employees.
- The E-verify requirement will take effect on July 1, 2013 for Georgia private employers with more than ten employees but fewer than 100 employees.
- Georgia private employers with ten employees or less are exempt from the E-verify requirement.