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E-verify laws go into effect January 1st, 2013 in three states

Dec 03, 2012 Quinn Thomas

A variety of companies in Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania will be required to comply with new hiring standards as of January 1st, 2013. Although the regulations vary, it will be required that businesses in these states comply with standardized e-verification software that collects law enforcement, debt collection and governmental records on prospective employees. This law suggests that there may be an increase in required ID verification practices of companies across the United States in the coming years. E-verify is an online system run by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that allows employers to ensure that new hires are eligible to work in the U.S. In North Carolina, the law will only apply to companies that employ more than one hundred workers, as compared to Georgia where laws cover businesses that employ ten or more.  Pennsylvania has tighter limitations in that only state contractors and sub-contractors require e-verification if the project is worth more than $25,000. Professional firms can offer ID verification solutions and help companies in affected areas prepare for the new practices including the evaluation of public records and consumer credit reports. Increased measures are intended to protect the safety and security of all employees as well as the business entity.