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).

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 system.

Support is very high for an E-Verify system that:

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.

Verification Obstacles

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: