ACIP, SHRM, U.S. Chamber Joint Letter of Support for HR 2885

9/22/2011
Letters to Congress

​​​September 21, 2011

The Honorable Lamar Smith U.S. House of Representatives Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary
Washington, D.C. 20515
 
Dear Chairman Smith:
 
 
On behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), we are writing in support of H.R. 2885, The Legal Workforce Act, which creates a fully integrated, federal, electronic employment verification system. As currently constructed, The Legal Workforce Act, strikes an appropriate balance between a mandatory, federal system and the employer’s role in the employment verification process. We urge members of the Judiciary Committee to support H.R.2885 and reject any amendments that would underm​ine this legislation.
 
Our organizations represent employers from across the United States all of whom are responsible under current law for verifying the employment eligibility of their employees. As a result, a uniform federal law is central to their efforts to treat all applicants and employees fairly at all locations throughout the United States. However, the current patchworks of state and local verification laws are unworkable and create a confusing set of legal requirements for American employers and employees. We, therefore, applaud you, Mr. Chairman, for including federal preemption provisions in your legislation to address the disparate network of multifarious state laws and provide for a uniform national system. We urge the Committee to reject any amendments that would undermine and weaken this preemption provision.
 
We also support requirements enshrined in current law that hold an employer accountable for the work authorization of their direct employees, and prohibit employers from knowingly using subcontract arrangements to circumvent immigration laws or an employer’s responsibility in the verification process. Our organizations strongly oppose any amendment that would interfere with legitimate subcontract arrangements, impute liability on employers for the failure of independent subcontractors to satisfy their verification obligations under the Legal Workforce Act, or dilute the legal standards and protections in current law.
 
We thank you again for introducing the Legal Workforce Act, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to develop a verification system that works for America’s employers as it works its way through Congress.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael P. Aitken
Vice President, Governmental Affairs
SHRM
 
Randel K. Johnson
Senior Vice President
Labor, Immigration
Employee Benefits
U.S. Chamber 
 
Lynn Shotwell
Executive Director
ACIP
 
Cc: House Committee on the Judiciary


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