The first phase of the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act (GSICA) came online July 1, when public employers and government contractors with 500 or more employees were required to begin conducting work-eligibility checks on their employees.
The law requires state contractors to use the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Employment Eligibility Verification/Basic Pilot Program. Employers covered under the Act can register to use the program at https://www.vis-dhs.com/EmployerRegistration.
Once on the site, employers enter each employee’s I-9 information for verification.
GSICA’s second phase begins next July 1, when employers with 100 or more employees must register. In July 2009, all Georgia public employers and contractors must register with the program.
Basic Pilot came under heavy criticism in June as the U.S. Senate debated immigration reform. HR groups contended that the program’s software would not be up to the task of handling the expected flood of transactions. Basic Pilot checks employee eligibility documentation against Social Security Administration and DHS databases. About 5,000 businesses currently use Basic Pilot. DHS estimates that between 30,000 and 40,000 employers per day would have to begin using the system to meet the requirements outlined in a Senate proposal that was scuttled earlier this summer.