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By: Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul
For Georgia businesses, March marks the eighth month of mandatory E-Verify usage for businesses with at least eleven employees.
As an employment and immigration specialist, I hear a lot of complaints about E-Verify, including its negative effect on the labor supply and the sheer administrative hassle of forcing this extra task on already-overstressed human resources departments.
Here’s the good news: with federal immigration legislation slated to pass in the near future, Georgia employers are ahead of the E-Verify curve. While employers in other states will feel the pain of federal E-Verify implementation, it will already be “business as usual” here.
Additionally, E-Verify may have a positive effect on employee morale. This is because your current employees feel that employment is no longer a right, but a privilege.
Another positive of the E-Verify system is the United States Customs and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) website, which is an excellent resource for FAQs and training on I-9 and E-Verify compliance.
If you have a complaint about E-Verify, be sure to let USCIS know what you think they need to change via their new E-Verify Listens page.