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Is your state required to E-Verify? All employers in the following states must E-Verify: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.
 
Alabama
  • Employers are required to begin April 1, 2012

Georgia
  • Employers with 500+ employees are required to begin by January 1, 2012
  • Employers with 100 - 499 employees are required to begin by July 1, 2012
  • Employers with 11 - 99 employees are required to begin by July 1, 2013

Louisiana
  • Should already be participating OR retain U.S. birth certificate, a naturalization or other certificate of U.S. citizenship, or an I-94 Form with employment authorized stamp for all employees

Mississippi
  • Private employers should already be participating

North Carolina
  • Employers with 500+ employees are required to begin by January 1, 2012
  • Employers with 100 - 499 employees are required to begin by January 1, 2013
  • Employers with 25 - 99 employees are required to begin by July 1, 2013

South Carolina
  • All private employers must be participating by January 1, 2012

Tennessee: E-Verify OR merely retention of I-9 supporting documents
  • Employers with 500+ employees are required to begin by January 1, 2012
  • Employers with 200 - 499 employees are required to begin by July 1, 2012
  • Employers with 6 - 199 employees are required to begin by January 1, 2013

 
If your state is not listed here, verify on the state level as you may have certain requirements that should be followed. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, "U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States - either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This diverse workforce contributes greatly to the vibrancy and strength of our economy, but the same strength also attracts unauthorized employment."

Employers who violate the E-Verify laws could face fines of $500 - $1000 (per alien referred, recruited, or hired) and may risk a suspended or revoked business license plus fines. E-Verify is the best way to ensure a legal workforce and Charter HR is happy to provide this service. However, it is important for you to know the guidelines before you hire! Visit www.uscis.gov for more information on E-Verify. This website also has publications for you to post at your worksite allowing employees to know of your E-Verifying process. Below are statistics pulled from the aforementioned website:
 
 
 
These statistics are based on E-Verify cases in Fiscal Year 2010 (October 2009 through September 2010). Statistics may not appear to sum to 100 percent (or to the subtotals listed below) due to rounding.
 
 
Most employees are automatically confirmed as work authorized.

98.3 percent of employees are automatically confirmed as authorized to work ("work authorized") either instantly or within 24 hours, requiring no employee or employer action.

1.7 percent of employees receive initial system mismatches.
 
Of the 1.7% of employees who receive initial system mismatches:

0.3 percent are later confirmed as work authorized after contesting and resolving the mismatch.

1.43 percent are not found work authorized.
 
Of the 1.43% of employees not found to be work authorized:

1.3 percent of employees who receive initial mismatches do not contest the mismatch either because they do not choose to or are unaware of the opportunity to contest and as a result are not found work authorized. The E-Verify program closely monitors uncontested mismatches and actively reaches out to employers to ensure that they are aware of their responsibility to inform employees of the right to contest.

0.01 percent of employees who receive initial mismatches contest the mismatch and are not found work authorized.

0.14 percent of employees with initial mismatches are unresolved because the employer closed the cases as "self-terminated" or as requiring further action by either the employer or employee at the end of FY10.
 
 
Note: The statistics reported above differ from the 96 percent "accuracy rate" as reported by the Westat Corporation in "Findings of the E-Verify Program Evaluation," because Westat used E-Verify transaction data from April-June 2008 in a model to estimate accuracy rates.
 
 
E-Verify is regularly updated and enhanced to improve its accuracy and usability.