Elucidating E-Verify

By July 18, 2008Human Resources

From Congress Daily, republished at Government Executive:

Nearly a dozen corporate and nonprofit organizations sent House leaders a letter Wednesday seeking congressional action to overhaul an electronic system that companies can use to verify the legal status of their workers.

The groups are seeking the changes as Congress acts to reauthorize the Homeland Security Department’s E-Verify program, which was established as a test program for companies to query employee names against federal databases to confirm citizenship and legal status.

“We do appreciate that Congress will need to provide a temporary extension of the pilot program,” according to the letter, which was signed by groups ranging form the National Association of Manufacturers and National Association of Convenience Stores to the Association of American Universities and the Society for Human Resource Management.

“However, Congress must not extend the program for longer than three years and must require that the current pilot employment verification system be improved,” they wrote in the letter, which was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

A copy of the letter is here.

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