What is the truth behind this pre-employment screen?
Donald Trump has brought more public and media attention to the E-Verify service from the (DHS) Department of Homeland Security that it has seen since its inception in 1997. But, what exactly is the service and how does it work?
KRESS has been walking employers through E-Verify implementation, and we’ve pulled some of the top Q&A.
Who needs to use E-Verify?
With the exception of certain employers (such as government contractors), participation in the E-Verify program is voluntary in most states, excluding Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Arizona, and Utah.
How does E-Verify work?
E-Verify compares the information given by the employer to the information available in government repositories such as the Social Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of State. If there is a discrepancy in the records, the employee is flagged and has two weeks to correct the discrepancy.
How much does the service cost per employee?
E-Verify is a free service of the DHS. However, many employers opt to have an employment screening company manage the process on their behalf.
Can I use E-Verify to prescreen my workers?
No, Each worker must be allowed to start and continue working through the process. E-Verify cannot be used as an excuse to discriminate against any workers based on their nationality or country of origin.
What do I need to conduct an E-Verify screen?
If you work with KRESS to manage the administrative components, all you need from your employees is the I-9 form correctly completed and the supporting documents. You can also manage the process independently by creating an account on their website www.dsh.gov/e-verify.
For more information on E-Verify, the complete handbook is available here.