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Identify verification goes digital

Sep 27, 2011 Karen Umpierre

A recent report by a screening firm reveals that companies are spending more on identity verification and background screenings with online tools. The report, entitled the 2011 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report{,} was conducted by HireRight and found that 51 percent of employers were using an E-verify system to find out more information about potential hires. The number is significantly higher than it was in 2010, when just 28 percent reported using the system. A large majority - 69 percent - of the 1,800 people asked found that they were ready for a possible audit from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Notice of Inspection. Those who helped conduct the study said that many ways that employers could ensure that employees were eligible to work. "It's clear that employment eligibility verification requirements are a hot topic in the U.S. right now," said Rob Pickell, HireRight's senior vice president of customer solutions. "The continued increase of related legislation, companies' growing interest in ensuring employment eligibility" Some firms have found themselves unprepared from an audit from ICE. The North County Times reports that the agency forced Escondido Disposal to fire more than 50 workers after they failed to show the required documentation.