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Verifying employment eligibility: Whom should we check?

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Q. I know Georgia’s Security and Immigration Compliance Act requires all state contractors and subcontractors to verify the citizenship of their employees. But how do I know which employees must be verified?

A. The answer: all new employees. Georgia now requires all state contractors and subcontractors who enter into public-service contracts with the state to verify—or attempt to verify—each new hire’s work eligibility through participation in the federal E-Verify program.

Under that program, employers are required to verify all newly hired employees, both U.S. citizens and noncitizens. Employers may not verify selectively—all new hires must be verified. Employers who fail to comply will face various penalties from the state.

However, employers may not use E-Verify to go back and check employees hired before they began the program or reverify employees who have temporary work authorizations.

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