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Verification of Employment Eligibility (Watch)

HB 1265 (Byrd), CS/SB 664 (Lee) and SB 1822 (Gruters) require public employers, contractors and subcontractors to register with and use the E-Verify system to verify the work authorization status of all newly hired employees. E-Verify is a United States Department of Homeland Security website that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees, both U.S. and foreign citizens, to work in the United States. A public employer, contractor or subcontractor may not enter into a contract unless each party to the contract registers with and uses the E-Verify system. HB 1265 and SB 1822 also require private employers to verify a person’s employment eligibility either through the E-Verify system or by requiring other specified documentation. A private employer may not bid on or otherwise contract with a public employer for the performance of labor or services in this state unless the private employer provides the public employer with an affidavit stating that the employer is registered with and uses the E-Verify system to verify that all newly hired employees are legal citizens of the United States or legal aliens. CS/SB 664 requires private employers to register with and use the E-Verify system to verify the employment eligibility of new employees but exempts agricultural employers and those businesses that employ fewer than 150 employees. (Hughes)