Nebraska Law Requires Employers to Check New Hires Through E-Verify Starting October 1

by Tom Ahearn October 1, 2009

On October 1, 2009, a new law will take effect in the State of Nebraska requiring that all private employers seeking contractors with public employers and all public contractors and subcontractors to verify the legal work status of new employees using the E-Verify federal electronic immigration verification system, according to a posting on the Nebraska Department of Labor web site.

Nebraska Legislative Bill 403 (LB 403) requires employers to check information from new hires against E-Verify, a free, web-based system that allows employers to check workers against Social Security and immigration databases. Lawmakers passed LB 403 to ensure that public money and public jobs go only to citizens or people who are in the country legally.

The new law means state and local governments must use the federal E-Verify system to check the status of employees hired beginning October 1, and companies that sign contracts with state and local governments and companies applying for Nebraska business tax incentives must also follow the same new E-Verify requirement.

According to a recent update from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), nearly 150,000 participating employers at nearly 560,000 worksites nationwide currently use E-Verify to electronically verify their workers’ employment eligibility, more than 7.8 million employment verifications have been run through the E-Verify system, and approximately 97 percent of E-Verify queries are authorized within 24 hours, with most requests being answered in seconds.

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tahearn@i-9compliance.com

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