The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis signed a law that requires all private employers with more than 25 employees in the state to use E-Verify to ensure the job candidates have lawful status.

Since decades, federal employees have used the verification system. This was implemented in Florida in 2020 to the private employer who participated in government-related projects and has recently extended to all private employers who employ more than 25 persons.

Employers must use an online system named E-Verify to determine if their employees are qualified for the position they applied for.

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) of 1996 established the verification system, which is under direct control of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

How does it work?

Employers submit the applications to the electronic system via an application identified as I-9 or Employment Eligibility Verification, so it can be compared against existing DHS and Social Security Administration (SSA) data.

What happens if an employer does not fulfill the E-Verify usage requirements?

The new law establishes fines for employers of up to $10,000 USD for each employee without work authorization and the employer’s operating license may be revoked by the state.

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