Illinois has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, lifting the state Legislature’s ban on E-Verify that had been scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
Employers may continue to use the federal electronic verification system to check workers’ employment eligibility status until lawmakers have had a chance to re-examine the issue during the next state assembly.
More than 1,000 Illinois employers are using the free E-Verify program to screen applicants. State lawmakers opposed the program, saying the federal database used to verify Social Security numbers was inaccurate and produced too many false positive results.
Illinois is one of many states that have challenged E-Verify. For now, Illinois employers may continue to use E-Verify without running afoul of state laws.