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July 19, 2013
How the Senate Immigration Reform Bill Could Affect Your Company’s Recruiting Process
By Frederic Portal, Ataway Director of Strategy and Alliance
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Earlier last month, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that, if signed into law, would bring the biggest changes to U.S. immigration law since 1986.  U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization.

A critical component of the new bill is a provision that would require all U.S. employers to participate in the E-Verify program. E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). This system allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

E-Verify is fast, free and easy to use. The system is used to determine whether the information in a new hire’s I-9 Form (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) matches government records. More than 409,000 employers, large and small, across the United States use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of their employees, with about 1,300 new businesses signing up each week.

How E-Verify Works

The process starts when an employer submits information from an employee's I-9 Form (Employment Eligibility Verification) to E-Verify. E-Verify compares that information to electronic records maintained by the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security to confirm if the employee is authorized to work in the United States. That process typically takes just a few seconds. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics show that approximately 97% of employees run through E-Verify are found to be work eligible.

The new Senate Immigration Reform Bill proposes phasing in employers’ obligation to use E-Verify over a period of five years. This would mean that more and more organizations will be mandated by the U.S. Government to use E-Verify for their prospective employees. If your organization is not currently using E-Verify, you may soon be required to do so.

For more information on E-Verify, visit the  Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify homepage.

Consult with Ataway’s Team of Experts today, and learn how we can provide Solutions for your business in compliance with any Local Statutory Requirement.

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