Should we use E-Verify during our hiring process?
Q: We’re unsure about our ability to review and authenticate documentation presented during the I-9 process. Should we start using E-Verify to make us feel more secure?
A: Possibly. All employers must complete the Form I-9 for new employees and, as a part of that process, be able to review the documentation provided to ensure validity. Many employers struggle with being able to recognize forged documentation, even when using resources available from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, such as the “Handbook for Employers.” Using E-Verify can help employers feel more confident that the employees they hire are authorized to work in this country. E-Verify is an online tool, run by the federal government, which provides a clear answer on an employee’s work authorization. Employers still need to complete the Form I-9 for new hires, but E-Verify provides an additional level of assurance that the employee’s work authorization is valid. For most employers, using E-Verify is optional; for federal contractors, it’s required. There are some drawbacks to using E-Verify, such as the rigidity of the process, but overall it may be worthwhile if it helps make the employment authorization process feel more secure.