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Hiring new employees can be difficult. On top of all the personal and business-specific concerns, employers must also ensure that each new employee is eligible to work in the United States. To help, the Department of Homeland Security offers free webinars in October that focus on completing the Form I-9 and the free Internet verification program called E-Verify.
E-Verify is a free Internet-based system maintained by DHS and the Social Security Administration. E-Verify checks the information provided on an employee’s Form I-9 against databases maintained by DHS and SSA. Employers are notified electronically by DHS if the potential new employee is not permitted to work in the country. Approximately 69,000 private employers voluntarily use E-Verify. In many states, government contractors are required to use E-Verify.
What: Free webinars from DHS that answer questions about completing the Form I-9 and using E-Verify to ensure you maintain a legal workforce.
Why: To avoid civil and criminal penalties, employers need to ensure that their employees can work legally in the United States. In addition, some states like Arizona, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Utah, mandate the use of E-Verify. Other states, like Arizona, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Utah, require the state government to use E-Verify for all new state employees, including government contractors. And other states, like Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia, have some form of employment eligibility verification based upon an immigration status check.
Where: Register for a webinar by going to www.dhs.gov/E-Verify and clicking the link on the right “Take a FREE Webinar.”
DHS webinars in October are on the following topics:
· Form I-9
· Self Check – a program that allows employees to check their own employment eligibility
· E-Verify Overview
· Federal Contractor E-Verify
· E-Verify for Existing Users
Updated October 18, 2012