While the practice of I-9 Certification is not new, the use of The Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify system has become increasingly utilized in the past several years. E-Verify is an internet based, free program run by the Department of Homeland Security that compares information from an employee’s I-9 to data from U.S. government records.
The E-Verify system has been the focal point of controversy over the last several months, most notably in The State of Arizona. Law makers in Arizona have decided that all employers are to utilize E-Verify as a step to ensure employees are legal to work in the United States. This state is at the forefront of questions surrounding the use of E-Verify and its legality, but it is not alone.
What is seemingly overlooked is that fact that 10 other states have policies in place for companies to utilize or to begin to utilize E-Verify within the next couple of years. Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina are currently requiring E-Verify to be used for all levels of business, both private and public. Georgia’s model puts this in to practice for all types of business by 2013. Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah and Missouri currently require all public employees or contractors to be verified through E-Verify.
PeopleG2 has been integrated with E-Verify for over eight years, and can handle any companies I-9 Certification needs nationwide. This is just one more step in background check procedures and can cause confusion for companies that are unclear on how to handle this type of verification. PeopleG2 is up to date on all of the state and federal laws regarding I-9 and E-Verify compliance. Utilizing PeopleG2 for your employment screening needs ensures that this portion of the verification process is handled correctly.