Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn
The Florida legislature has passed Senate Bill 1718 (SB 1718) which requires private employers with 25 or more employees and public employers to use E-Verify for verifying the employment eligibility of new employees starting July 1, 2023. The bill was sent to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who is expected to sign it into law.
If signed into law, SB 1718 will allow employers in Florida who are covered by the law to have 30 days to fix noncompliance with the law. In addition, those employers that have failed to use the E-Verify system three times in a 24-month period will be fined $1,000 per day until proof of compliance has been provided.
E-Verify is a web-based system where employers electronically confirm the employment eligibility of employees based on information from Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification which is then compared to records available at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).
With E-Verify – which is authorized by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) – the employer usually receives a response within a few seconds either confirming the employee’s employment eligibility or indicating that the employee needs to take further action to complete the case.
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