Author: Melissa A. Silver, XpertHR Legal Editor
On September 28, 2012, President Obama signed into law S. 3245, which extends the authorization of the E-Verify program, along with three other immigration programs, to September 30, 2015. The E-Verify program was due to expire at the end of September 2012.
E-Verify allows employers to electronically verify the information provided by new employees on the Form I-9. It is a voluntary program except where required by state law or by the federal contractor rule. It is a fast and effective method for employers to determine whether a new hire is authorized to work in the US. By signing S. 3245 into law, participating employers can continue to use E-Verify to ensure that they have a legal workforce.