COMPLIANCE CORNER

Mar
18
2010

DHS to Enhance E-Verify, Publicize Information about Federal Contractors Enrolled in E-Verify

On March 17, 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced three new initiatives designed to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the E-Verify program. The enhancements include:

  • A new agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) that establishes a streamlined process for addressing potential cases of discrimination and employer misuse of E-Verify while formalizing protocols for referring matters that fall within the agencies’ respective jurisdictions.
  • A new telephone hotline for employees that offers information about the E-Verify process and assistance completing the Form I-9. Employees may also file complaints about possible discrimination or employer misuse of the E-Verify program using the new hotline. The toll-free number - (888) 897-7781 - will be available beginning April 5. The hotline hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those in the continental US, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Alaska and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hawaii.
  • Two new training videos explaining E-Verify procedures and policies, employee rights and employer responsibilities. The videos have been released to the E-Verify website as well as YouTube in both English and Spanish.

E-Verify is a federal program that allows employers to electronically check the work status of new hires by comparing information from an employee's Form I-9 against the E-Verify Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security databases. Under federal law certain federal contractors are required to participate in the E-Verify program. Additionally, several states have enacted their own E-Verify legislation requiring certain employers participate in the program. For detailed information about E-Verify enrollment requirement(s) based on state and federal legislation, see our E-Verify Legislation Guide.

Click here to view the DHS press release regarding these enhancements.

DHS Plans to Publicize Information about Federal Contractors Enrolled in E-Verify
The DHS also recently announced that it intends to make information about businesses enrolled in E-verify available to the public. In accordance with the E-Verify Memorandum of Understanding, the following information may be publicly available:
  • Business name
  • Contact address
  • Workforce size
  • Whether the contractor verified new employees only or all employees
  • Query volume

The DHS did not indicate how or when the information will be made available.

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Federal contractors are faced with the daunting task of running hundreds, possibly thousands of E-Verify checks in a short amount of time because an employer’s existing employee population also must be submitted through E-Verify. Verifications offers a solution to relieve your administrative headaches and ensure both your existing employees and new hires are "E-Verified" as mandated by Executive Order 12989.

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