Florida Governor Argues for Mandatory E-Verify

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer December 9, 2019
Florida Governor Argues for Mandatory E-Verify

​Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is urging state lawmakers to approve legislation requiring all employers in the state to use E-Verify, the federal web-based system that confirms individuals' eligibility to work in the United States. It is currently only required of the state's public-sector agencies and federal government contractors. DeSantis wants to expand that requirement to private employers.

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

Not Much Support

One of the governor's top priorities for the 2020 legislative session is cracking down on employers who hire undocumented workers. Florida's largest industries—tourism and agriculture, as well as the state's Chamber of Commerce—have vigorously opposed universal E-Verify proposals in the past.

(Miami Herald)

SB 664

State Sens. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, and Tom Lee, R-Brandon, filed a bill in October that requires all private employers to start using the E-Verify system by Jan. 1, 2021, or risk losing their business licenses. Notably, it does not require employers to check the immigration status of workers hired before the E-Verify start date. A House version of the proposal is expected before the legislative session begins Jan. 14.

(The Sun Sentinel)

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

E-Verify Opposition

The common arguments against E-Verify use are its potential for fraud and inaccuracies, the significant projected damage to industries like agriculture that rely on undocumented labor, and the low rates of compliance and enforcement in the states that do mandate it. 

(Cato Institute)

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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