CFGI Mentioned – “SHRM’s Employment Verification Survey Indicates Strong Employer Support for Mandatory Electronic Verification System”


“A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management…in collaboration with the Council for Global Immigration…indicates that there is strong support from employers for a mandatory electronic employment verification system…

“…The support for E-Verify comes at a time when HR professionals are experiencing challenges with both the electronic verification system and the Form I-9 employment verification process.

“The survey results are timely, as the Trump administration's Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal includes funding to support mandatory use of E-Verify.

“…The SHRM Employment Verification Survey found that employers would support a mandatory electronic verification system (83 percent either strongly or somewhat support such a system).

“Employer support was even stronger if an electronic verification system:

  • “avoids allegations of employment-based discrimination (95 percent).

  • “includes a strong safe harbor to protect employers (95 percent).

  • “authenticates identity (94 percent).

  • “eliminates the Form I-9 (89 percent).

“However, employers noted challenges with the current E-Verify. The most frequently reported challenges were that it does not replace Form I-9 (25 percent) and it has an unclear process for resolving issues when a worker's ability to be employed in the United States is not confirmed (22 percent).

“Survey results show that employers also have challenges with the Form 1-9. Maintaining records when keeping track of documents with an expiration date (37 percent) was the most frequently reported challenge with the paper verification process.

“‘The research findings clearly demonstrate that employers would support mandatory employment verification if it includes additional features to provide greater certainty that they are hiring a legal workforce,’ said Evren Esen, SHRM director of workforce analytics.”

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