In an August 2016 speech, President-elect Donald Trump indicated that he planned to work with Congress to strengthen and expand the use of the E-Verify system across the country. Currently, 22 states and localities require E-Verify or an alternative to verify employee identity or citizenship status.
The move to mandate E-Verify is likely to be one of Trump’s action items that can take place sooner rather than later. In a recent article, Chatrane Birbal, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) senior advisor, government relations noted that, “Given that Congress has reauthorized the E-Verify program for years, the established mandated requirements for federal contractors, various state requirements and the nationwide use by [some] employers, it is conceivable that a mandatory E-Verify program will garner support in the next Congress.”
Effective January 1, 2017, Tennessee employers with 50 or more employees are required to use the E-Verify background check system to verify employment eligibility of workers hired on or after that date. The amendment eliminates the need for applicable employers to retain certain documents from each employee. Click here to read more .
In 2017 and beyond, employee verification will become increasingly important to your HR department, which will result in additional labor hours to manage the process. But Netchex is here to help. Click here to view a quick video to learn more about Netchex’s E-Verify solution and how it seamlessly incorporates the form I-9 with the government’s verification program to ensure your company stays compliant.