Thirty-eight percent of HR professionals say they use E-Verify to verify employment eligibility of newly-hired employees, according to a poll on Compensation.BLR.com and HR.BLR.com.
E-Verify is a web-based system that allows participating employers to verify electronically the employment eligibility of newly-hired employees. E-Verify evolved from the Basic Pilot/Employment Eligibility Verification Program which was originally developed in 1997 and was made available to employers as a web-based program in 2004. USCIS operates the program in partnership with the Social Security Administration.
Fifty-six percent of respondents to the poll said they don't use E-Verify. The survey also showed that a small percentage of respondents (6 percent) said they didn't know what the E-Verify program was.
In 2008, President Bush directed federal agencies to require that federal contractors agree to verify electronically the employment eligibility of their employees. A rule implementing that requirement has been delayed 4 times so far. Unless delayed further, the rule final rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to begin using E-Verify will go into effect September 8, 2009.
Some states have passed legislation requiring employers to use E-verify. For example, Arizona requires that every employer, after hiring an employee, verify the employment eligibility of the employee through E-Verify (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 23-214).