Government Furlough, E-Verify & Effects on State Incentive Programs

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Many state incentive programs have employment conditions. These include wage requirements and increased/sustained employment requirements. One of the most common methods state administrators use to confirm a company’s employment claims is E-Verify.

E-Verify, run by the Department of Homeland Security, is a web-based system that allows employers to confirm an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States. The employer logs in to E-Verify and enters the potential employee’s information; if the employee is eligible, E-Verify provides the employer with a verification number for the individual. E-Verify is an essential tool for businesses that want to enter into incentive programs.

Due to the lapse in federal government appropriations, E-Verify is currently unavailable. Although employers can’t currently use the system, it’s important they confirm new employees on E-Verify once the government furlough ceases. We’ll be working closely with states throughout this furlough to help provide reasonable accommodations for our clients in light of the current federal government status. For more information, contact Amy or your trusted BKD advisor.


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