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.
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.