Ready, set, E-Verify!

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Despite growing national concerns and criticisms, Mississippi joins the ranks of six other states mandating the use of the federal E-Verify system—an Internet-based system operated by the federal government that permits participating employers to verify electronically the employment eligibility of new hires.

The stated intent of Mississippi’s law, titled the “Mississippi Employment Protection Act,” is to discourage illegal immigration by penalizing illegal immigrants and Mississippi employers who hire them.

What does Mississippi require?

The newly enacted statute provides that employers in the state of Mississippi shall only hire employees who are legal citizens of the United States of America or are legal aliens.

To ensure compliance, all employers, including third-party employers that conduct business in Mississippi, must register with and utilize the E-Verify system to verify the federal employment status of al...(register to read more)

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