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Legislation Mandating E-Verify Participation Introduced
Last week, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 1147). The bill, if enacted into law, would ultimately require all U.S. employers to check the work eligibility of all future hires through an entirely federal electronic verification system.
Specific to the HR profession, the Legal Workforce Act would:
Prior to the bill’s introduction, a SHRM-led coalition group of employers, including the Council for Global Immigration, the National Chicken Council, the National Pork Producers Council, the National Turkey Federation and the North American Meat Institute, submitted a statement for the record seeking modifications to the draft Legal Workforce Act. As introduced, the bill includes a few recommended changes that were submitted by the coalition.Specifically, the coalition advocated that the identity authentication pilot programs should be available to any employer that volunteers to participate and that DHS should implement the programs within 24 months of enactment.
The House Judiciary Committee held a markup of the Legal Workforce Act proposal this week, where it was approved by a vote of 20 to 13. SHRM’s Government Affairs staff will continue to be actively engaged in debate over this and other immigration-related bills on behalf of the employer community and will provide updates on legislative developments in future editions of HR Issues Update. In the meantime, to get the latest and to engage with other employers on employment-based immigration topics, you may wish to consider registering to attend the Council for Global Immigration 2015 Symposium in Washington, D.C.
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