Federal government shutdown interrupts E-Verify screening in hiring

Staff Report
Published Oct. 15, 2013

The federal government shutdown has left employers in South Carolina unable to use the E-Verify system to screen eligibility of new hires. State officials said there will be no penalty for hiring during the shutdown, but documents should be submitted when it ends.

South Carolina is among 20 states that require employers to use E-Verify to check the eligibility of applicants.

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“The interruption with E-Verify is a concern right now for employers in our state,” South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Director Holly Pisarik said in a statement on the department’s website. “I want to assure employers that during the time the federal government is shut down, LLR’s Office of Immigrant Worker Compliance will not penalize them for not being able to verify their new hires are authorized to work in the United States.”

E-Verify customer support and related services are also closed.

The shutdown does not affect the requirement that employers complete the I-9 form within three days after an employee starts work.

Michael Day, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Greenville, said he has not heard any complaints related to the two-week shutdown from any of the association’s 380 members. Day said the association is waiting to verify two temporary workers hired for a promotional show.

“We verified their ID and have not run them through E-Verify. We have an I-9 and a driver’s license” from each of them, Day said. “I’m fairly certain they are legal but we still have to run them through E-Verify.”

Day said association members are familiar with the identification requirements in hiring.

“That could be a bit of problem if you have invested time in a new employee, and then they are not eligible,” Day said.

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