Florida Legislature is One Among Several Pushing for Mandatory Use of “E-Verify”
By: Melissa Santalone A Florida State Senator has filed a bill that would require, beginning January 1, 2021, all Florida businesses to use the “E-Verify” system to check whether each newly hired employee is authorized to work in the U.S. The “E-Verify” system is a web-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)…
No E-Verify During The U.S. Government Shutdown – What Is An Employer To Do?
By: Kenneth Levine The current government shutdown has ensnared the E-Verify system, which is used by numerous U.S. employers to verify the employment eligibility of new hires. While many operations of DHS and USCIS are maintained through user fees, and therefore unaffected by the shutdown, this does not apply to the E-Verify system. Functions on…
What Should I Do If The Government Invites Our Company To Participate In A Program?
By: Kenneth S. Levine The FMG Immigration Section was recently asked to address a client’s question on how they should respond to an emailed “invitation” by the USCIS E-Verify Unit for their company to participate in a quality control program. First, it is extremely important for clients to be aware that USCIS or ICE agency…
Does E-Verify Participation Increase Your Probability of Being Audited?
By: Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul Unfortunately, the short answer is “yes.” Over the last year, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (“OSC”), located within the Department of Justice, has touted numerous settlements for alleged “document abuse” (discriminatory I-9 practices) and/or citizenship discrimination. Press releases and settlement agreements are publicly available via the OSC’s…
Why Every Company Needs Form I-9 Training (P.S. It's Free!)
By: Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul Over the past two years, many of our clients have felt the effects of a federal enforcement shift: increased form I-9 and E-Verify audits, Office of Special Counsel complaints, and civil lawsuits focused on the alleged suppression of wages caused by the hiring of unauthorized workers. The root cause of all these…
E-Verify: Five Tips for Efficient Use
By Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul E-Verify is now mandatory for every Georgia employer with more than ten employees. Below are five tips addressing the most frequent mistakes made by E-Verify users: 1. Display the mandatory “Notice of Participation” and “Right to Work” posters. Employers enrolled in E-Verify must display the correct English and Spanish posters in a prominent…
Expansions of Georgia’s Immigration Laws Slated to Take Effect on July 1
By: Kelly E. Moul While Washington continues to debate immigration reform, Governor Nathan Deal recently signed HB 160 into law. The signing was completed quietly and without public comment, but still stands as a meaningful extension of Georgia’s current immigration regulations. Below is a breakdown of the changes made by HB 160, which are…
IMAGE Raises the Bar for Immigration Enforcement Practices
By: Kelly Morrison In Georgia, the mandatory E-Verify date is creeping closer. As of July 1 of this year, every employer with 10 or more employees will be required to register and use the online program, which verifies employment eligibility information recorded on the Form I-9. But E-Verify is only the tip of the compliance iceberg. While Washington…
Most Georgia Local Governments Fail to Comply with State E-Verify Law
By: Kelly Morrison
A recent AJC article reported that many cities and counties across the state still are not in compliance with Georgia’s E-Verify mandates, and as a result, are at risk for losing funding for state community development block grants.
Click here to read about the status of E-Verify compliance by Georgia municipalities