E-Verify I-9 verification system protects employers.
The nature of today’s global workforce leaves employers with both the benefits of access to worldwide talent and the obligation to employ only those individuals with a legal right to work. The presence of undocumented workers who have secured jobs by fraudulent means, including presentation of false documents, completion of fraudulent benefit applications, and theft of identities is a vulnerability of any employer and one that can be mitigated through a well-run E-Verify I-9 verification process.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 states that it is illegal for U.S. employers to knowingly hire or recruit illegal immigrants, AND that employers must be able to attest to their employees’ immigration status. I-9 verification is the single best way for you, as an employer, to demonstrate your adherence to this act.
Beyond the IRCA, several states have already established their own laws requiring legal right to work (I-9) verification through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) electronic verification system, E-Verify.
And just this week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is responsible for enforcing the nation’s immigration and customs laws, released a 5-year strategic plan which addresses areas of national security, public safety, and US immigration enforcement. In its plan, the ICE confirmed its commitment to worksite enforcement of employers who knowingly employ illegal workers.
Don’t take chances. Verify your employees’ right to work.
With penalties up to $3,000 for employers who do not verify I-9 status, employers are wise to take this affordable and useful measure.
Regardless your personal beliefs about the effectiveness or necessity for I-9 verification, it is plain and simply good business practice to verify every worker. The last thing you want is for enforcement officials to show up at your door and find you out of compliance when it takes so little effort and expense to verify.
As a Proforma client, you can order I-9 verification services through the same on-demand screening system used for your entire screening program. Order I-9 verifications alongside any other background screening services and avoid the inconveniences of managing separate ordering systems. Plus, if an I-9 verification turns up a worker who is not legally qualified to work, our FCRA compliance services can keep your responsibilities and liabilities in check.
Comply with DHS requirements easily and simply with our electronic I-9 verification services.