Fla. Lawmakers Punt on Mandatory E-Verify

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer March 17, 2020
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​The Florida legislature passed a bill March 12 effectively reinforcing the status quo—public agencies and state contractors are required to use the federal E-Verify system to check if new hires are authorized to work in the U.S., while private employers can choose to do so.

The bill is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign it.

We've rounded up resources and articles from SHRM Online and other trusted outlets on the news.

Stripped Down

The legislation originally would have required all employers with 50 employees or more to register and use E-Verify. The version that ended up passing had that provision struck, as well as provisions allowing the state to conduct random audits of companies that don't use E-Verify and giving people the ability to file complaints against companies suspected of hiring undocumented workers.

(The Wall Street Journal)

Battle Lines

Mandatory E-Verify was one of the governor's top priorities for the 2020 legislative session, but Florida's largest industries—tourism and agriculture, as well as the state's Chamber of Commerce—vigorously opposed it.

(SHRM Online)

House Approves Overhaul of Migrant Farmworker Laws

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would make using the E-Verify system mandatory nationwide for all agricultural employment. The legislation has yet to be introduced in the Senate.

(SHRM Online)

Republicans Propose Mandatory E-Verify Nationwide

The national GOP has consistently proposed legislation that would permanently authorize E-Verify, first established in 1996 as a pilot program and reauthorized several times since then. The proposals subsequently died on the vine.

(SHRM Online

The Pros and Cons of Registering for E-Verify

Whether registering for E-Verify is right for your company will depend upon a number of factors. Some states require its use and the federal government may make it mandatory for some companies. Using E-Verify may help companies avoid receiving Social Security "No-Match" letters, and employers generally report that it is not difficult to use. On the other hand, signing up for the system allows the government access to audit your data, and E-Verify may generate erroneous nonconfirmations of work authorization.

(SHRM Online)

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