Do Your Employees Meet Employment Eligibility Requirements?
Sunstates Security’s President Glenn Burrell is proud to announce it is compliant with the E-Verify program as of May 1, 2011. Burrell states “Sunstates Security is committed to hiring only the brightest, most capable and qualified individuals, and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) voluntary ‘E-Verify’ initiative helps us achieve that. I am delighted that Sunstates Security is at the cutting edge of this technology and already 100% compliant with E-Verify. This proactive measure provides our clients further assurance that our current and future employees are fully entitled to be working in the United States.” E-Verify is an essential tool for employers committed to maintaining a legal workforce. Employers are a vital link in stopping unauthorized employment.
1986 The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) Enacted
The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 required employers to examine documentation from each newly hired employee to prove his or her identity and eligibility to work in the United States. This act led to the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, requiring employees to attest to their work eligibility, and employers to certify that the documents presented reasonably appear (on their face) to be genuine and to relate to the individual.
In 1996, Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), which required the Social Security Administration (SSA) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), formerly the Immigration Naturalization Service (INS), to initiate an employment verification pilot program.
Under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USCIS operates the E-Verify program, previously referred to as the Basic Pilot. E-Verify implements the legal requirement in IIRIRA by allowing any U.S. employer to verify the employment eligibility of its newly hired employees.