Florida Senate Bill 1822 would force public employers to use E-Verify

Florida Senate Bill 1822 would require public employers to use E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility on new hires. Beginning January 1, 2021, a public employer, contractor, or subcontractor would be forbidden from entering into a contract unless each party registered with and used the DHS E-Verify system.

Private employers would also be required to verify a new hires' employment eligibility, but they would not be compelled to use E-Verify. Alternatively, the new hire could provide a photo identification card that complies with the U.S. Real ID Act of 2005, and a certified copy of one of the following: A U.S. birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization, a certificate of citizenship, a permanent resident card (“green card”), or a USCIS Form I-94 stamped to indicate “Employment Authorized.”

Update: This legislation has been abandoned, in favor of a more comprehensive bill

February 16, 2020: Senator Joe Gruters has informed Florida Politics that the proposal discussed in this article has been abandoned in favor of Senate Bill 664, which would require all employers in Florida, including private businesses, to use the federal E-Verify system to make sure that all employees are legally permitted to work in the U.S.

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