Most Employers Welcome Mandated E-Verify with Improvements
By Roy Maurer
Mar 28, 2017 - SHRM
About 9 in 10 HR professionals said they would support
a mandatory electronic employment verification system if it included employer
protections and better authentication tools and negated the Form I-9, according
to research from the Society for Human Resource Management
SHRM surveyed over 450 HR practitioners in late 2016 who were randomly
selected from its membership.
Similar to survey results from 2014, 82 percent of respondents said they
would support a mandatory electronic verification system generally, but that
acceptance would be stronger (92 percent, on average) if the system were to
address problem areas regarding the government's currently used E-Verify
Support is very high for an E-Verify system that:
- Includes a strong safe harbor for employers using the system in good faith
- Avoids allegations of employment-based discrimination (95
- Better authenticates identity (94 percent). Eighty-four percent of
respondents support adding a photo-matching tool to E-Verify to authenticate
- Provides a brief period to resolve work authorization disputes (92
- Eliminates the Form I-9 (89 percent).
Among employers that did not participate in E-Verify, 37 percent reported
that the primary reason for not participating was that E-Verify does not
eliminate the requirement to complete the Form I-9.
Respondents reported having continuing challenges with the Form I-9
verification process and with using E-Verify. More than 50 percent said their
organizations encounter problems when administering the I-9, with record
retention (37 percent) and document authenticity (14 percent) being the most
frequently reported issues.
The biggest complaint about E-Verify is that it does not replace the I-9 (25
percent), followed by an unclear process for resolving tentative
nonconfirmations (22 percent).
The survey also revealed that:
- 60 percent of employers participate in E-Verify because it is required by
law; the remaining 40 percent do so voluntarily.
- Almost half of employers (46 percent) who use E-Verify have done so for
five years or longer.
- More than three-fourths of employers (77 percent) train new E-Verify
administrators via an online tutorial.