According to a recent USA Today article, use of the E-Verify worker verification system is growing nationwide. The program is free for employers, and most checks are completed in a few seconds.
The voluntary federal program has seen a rapid growth in use this year, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) records show. More than 1,000 employers are signing up for E-Verify each week on average, and employment checks are approaching 200,000 a week.
Halfway through this year 5.5 million worker checks have been made by employers through the E-Verify online service. In 2008, 6.6 million checks were made, twice the number in 2007. Overall, approximately 129,000 employers, representing half a million business locations, participate in the E-Verify program.
In fiscal year 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made more than 1,100 criminal arrests associated with workplace investigations, according to its website. Of those arrests, more than 100 were business owners, managers or supervisors.
The Obama administration recently postponed for a fourth time a requirement that all companies with federal contracts use the E-Verify program to verify the work status of new hires. The requirement is now scheduled for Sept. 8.
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