Something we haven’t discussed yet (the “Royal we” that is…) is E-Verify! I’m sure plenty of you are aware of its existence, some are enrolled in it, and some are giving me this look right now:
There’s a lot to know about E-Verify so I’ve broken it up for you and will share over a few weeks. Today is the first installment.
E-Verify is a (voluntary) step AFTER you complete the I-9. Here is the official “about us” definition from the government’s website:
E-Verify is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of newly hired employees by electronically matching information provided by employees on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, against records available to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“E-Verify is a voluntary program. However, employers with federal contracts or subcontracts that contain the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify clause are required to enroll in E-Verify as a condition of federal contracting. Employers may also be required to participate in E-Verify if their states have legislation mandating the use of E-Verify, such as a condition of business licensing. Finally, in some instances employers may be required to participate in E-Verify as a result of a legal ruling.” It is available in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
As stated above, E-Verify is voluntary (yes I’ve said that 3 times now), except in certain circumstances, including when your state or municipality mandates it.
Currently, employers in these states are under no obligation to participate in E-Verify (aside from federal contracts as indicated):
Employers in Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Washington have local or municipal E-Verify requirements.
All PUBLIC employers in Idaho and Virginia are required to be enrolled in E-Verify.