E-Verify

Definition - What does E-Verify mean?

E-Verify refers to a system that employers commonly use to verify that a prospective employee is legally allowed to work in the United States. In order to be legally allowed to work in the United States, a person must be a U.S. citizen, or have proper permission from U.S. authorities to work in the country. E-Verify is an electronic system and allows an employer compare an employee's Form I-9 to data from Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration quickly.

WorkplaceTesting explains E-Verify

The E-Verify system in the United States is a way to assist employers in ensuring they comply with laws regarding hiring non-citizens. If an employer accidentally, or intentionally, employs a non-citizen who does not have permission from the federal government to work in the US, that employer can face stiff legal penalties. The U.S. E-Verify system is widely used in the country for employee eligibility verification because it is fast, easy to use, and takes much of the guesswork out of employment eligibility checks in the face of ever-improving forged documents. However, at this time, E-Verify does not always have a photo identification available in all cases for an employer to compare against ID presented by the prospective employee.

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