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Recent Survey Identifies HR Concerns with Workplace Identity Theft and Use of Form I-9
Washington, D.C. — Human resources professionals overwhelmingly support specific improvements to the E-Verify system, according to a recent
survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Of critical importance, they are concerned about the system's inability to connect the new hire to the identity he or she is presenting.Endorse Greater E-Verify Use if System ImprovedCurrently, 56 percent of respondents report that their employers use E-Verify, the federal government’s online tool to verify the work status of new hires. But overwhelming majorities support using E-Verify if it:
Cite Concerns With Identity AuthenticationE-Verify’s inability to detect identity theft remains a challenge. Almost a quarter of all respondents (24 percent) report concerns with the authenticity of the identities presented by job seekers. When generalized to U.S. employers, this equates to 1.75 million employers.Say Form I-9 Process ProblematicOverall, 52 percent of E-Verify users report that they face challenges using the E-Verify system, including two issues regarding the Form I-9 process (the paper-based immigration form the government mandates for new hires): 28 percent worry about balancing I-9 compliance with concerns about discrimination and unfair employment practices, and 24 percent are concerned that E-Verify does not eliminate the Form I-9 altogether.
Advocate Immigration Reform in Washington This WeekThis week, 450 SHRM members are in Washington, D.C., for their annual Employment Law and Legislative Conference. They, along with members of the Council for Global Immigration, will be on Capitol Hill discussing the workplace
identity theft issue – and their proposed
solution to it – as well as their overall support for bipartisan immigration reform efforts.
Complete results of the
survey are available at
www.employerimmigrationsolutions.org. The survey was conducted in February 2014 by randomly sampling SHRM’s 275,000 members. The 611 responses yielded a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.
MEDIA: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Kennedy at
firstname.lastname@example.org and 703-535-6260 and 703-862-5192 or Vanessa Gray at 703-535-6072 and
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