Fact of the Week: America Needs One Seamless Electronic Employment Verification System

3/20/2013
Fact of the Week

​ March 20, 2013


America Ne​eds One Seamless Electronic Employment Verification System


Comprehensive Immigration Reform Should Create an Electronic Employment Verification System That Gives U.S. Employers Certainty in H​​iring



U.S. employers need an employment eligibility verification system that:

  • Is one federal system. It is necessary that an employment verification system preempt the growing patchwork of state laws with a uniform system.

  • Is fully integrated and electronic. The employment verification system should integrate the paper Form I-9 into an electronic employment verification system so that U.S. employers only have to complete the process once – rather than the current duplicative system that requires E-Verify users to also fill out the paper form.

  • Prevents identity theft through identity authentication. Employers need a fail-safe system with stronger tools to better combat identity theft and ensure accurate employment authorization.

  • Ensures safe harbor from liability for verification users. Any employment verification system must protect employers from liability when they rely on government approvals of erroneous authorizations.

Learn more about the much needed reforms to the U.S. employment eligibility verification system in the newly released ACIP-SHRM primer, “Navigating the U.S. Employment-based Immigration System.”

It’s a new world.
The time for new employment-based immigration policies is now.


The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), a strategic affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), represents employers working to speed U.S. economic recovery, create new jobs for all Americans and advance American innovation. Our members are companies, universities, research institutions and organizations that employ the critical talent that has and will continue to build the U.S. economy and raise the standard of living for all Americans. We build the workforces necessary to keep America on the cutting edge of worldwide innovation and leading the global economy. Learn more about ACIP at www.acip.com. Learn more about SHRM at www.shrm.org.​

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