E-VERIFY IN THE HOUSE
In September 2011, Rep. Lamar Smith, then-chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation mandating E-Verify for all U.S. employers.
- Employers with more than 10,000 employees must enroll within six months. Employers with more than 500 employees must enroll within a year. Employers with more than 20 employees must enroll in 18 months. And employers with fewer than 20 employees have two years.
- For agricultural employers who hire seasonal workers, the deadline is three years, and they can count seasonal workers hired in previous seasons as current employees who need not be re-verified.
- A strong preemption provision underscores that the federal government, not the states, is the appropriate entity to make and enforce immigration law in the workplace. But the bill allows states to use “business licensing and similar laws” to penalize employers for not using E-Verify.
- Employers have a safe harbor from prosecution if they use E-Verify in good faith and through no fault of their own receive an incorrect notice of work authorization.
IW statement on committee passing Legal Workforce Act
Legal Workforce Act
House Judiciary Committee press release
Greenberg Traurig summary of Legal Workforce Act
Greg Siskind summary of Legal Workforce Act
House Judiciary Committee hearing
IW national call on Legal Workforce Act
Chamber of Commerce: House versus Senate E-Verify bills
IW statement on introduction of Legal Workforce Act