|Nightmare or business-as-usual?|
Touted as “fast, free and easy to use,” the potentially universally mandated background check program has employers of all sizes quaking at their laptops. Right now only federal contractors and six states (AZ, MI, SC, AL, GO, NC) are required to comply with the program which started in 1997.
Many current employers who use the E-Verify system complain about difficulty of use, with one out of four applicants entered into the system being rejected as illegal when the system doesn’t recognize social security numbers or other identification. As of July 1, 2013, E-Verify can email employees directly if their information triggers a Tentative Non-Confirmation of eligibility (TNC).
However even this upgrade doesn’t compensate for the increased amount of time, energy, and manpower that is required to document and comply with US regulations. More likely than not, it’s only going to get more time-consuming for companies both large and small.
What to do?
Get Ahead of the CurveTake a tour of the E-verify site and start an account for your current employees.
Review Your ProceduresMake sure you already comply with I-9 regulations.
Keep Detailed Employee RecordsYou should already have stored securely and on-file the following information for all employees:
- Employee’s name and date of birth
- SSN, "A" number or I-94 number
- Proof of identity and its expiration date, if applicable