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Congressional Push to Mandate Use of E-Verify

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on October 25, 2011

Late last month, a legislative proposal known as the Legal Workforce Act moved out of a House committee and will now be scheduled for House vote.

Among other things, this measure would require employers to use the E-Verify system to confirm a prospective employee’s eligibility to work in the U.S.

An amendment to the bill that would have created a separate process for the U.S. agricultural workforce was considered but rejected as the bill’s sponsor, Lamar Smith (R-TX), has introduced a separate piece of legislation known as the American Specialty Agriculture Act.

The Legal Workforce Act, if it were to become law, would impose serious penalties on employers who failed to use properly the E-Verify system in their hiring process.

We will keep an eye on the progress of this and other immigration-related legislation to inform you of any serious developments that may occur.

In the meantime, if you are an employer or employer’s representative in need of assistance on immigration-related matters, please do not hesitate to call our offices for an appointment at (847) 564-0712. You can also check out the pertinent portion of our Website to see how we can be of further assistance.