SHRM Issues Statement of Support for Legal Workforce Act

Sep 15, 2011

SHRM Issues Statement of Support for Legal Workforce Act

Alexandria, Va., Sept. 15, 2011 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) issued the following statement today, endorsing “The Legal Workforce Act of 2011,” which was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee:

“On behalf of approximately 260,000 members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), I strongly support HR 2885, ‘The Legal Workforce Act,’ which creates a fully integrated federal electronic employment-verification system,” said Henry G. “Hank” Jackson, president and CEO.

Jackson added: “HR professionals are on the front lines of employment verification and are fully committed to hiring only work-authorized individuals. We also recognize, however, that the current employment-verification system is in need of real reform. The patchwork of state and local verification laws is unworkable and creating a confusing set of legal requirements for American employers and employees. We, therefore, applaud you, Mr. Chairman, for including federal preemption provisions in your legislation to address the disparate network of state laws and provide for a uniform national system.

“There is also ample evidence that the employment-verification system is prone to fraud, forgeries and identity theft, making it difficult, if not impossible, for an employer to differentiate between the legal and illegal worker. SHRM believes inclusion of a biometric pilot program in ‘The Legal Workforce Act’ will give employers the tools they need to keep illegal workers off their payrolls and to hire legal workers quickly, fairly, and with confidence.

“While we are strongly supportive of ‘The Legal Workforce Act,’ we do look forward to continuing to work with you and your staff to improve the legislation in cooperation with other stakeholders as the bill proceeds to House consideration.”

Media: For more information, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and or Jennifer Hughes at 703-535-6072 and

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