E-Verify is back up and running.

The web-based employment verification program has resumed operations following the partial shutdown of the federal government that lasted more than a month.

Now, employers who use E-Verify have until Feb. 11 to log employees who were hired when the program was unavailable. Though service was disrupted, employers still were required to complete and retain IRS Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification. E-Verify cases, however, couldn’t be logged, thus creating a paperwork backlog for some employers now that the program has resumed.

But employers can avoid that paperwork hassle by working with a professional employer organization (PEO) like Syndeo.

The company handles all E-Verify requirements for its clients as part of a full-service offering. Syndeo’s human resources business partners have begun the process of inputting backlogged verifications and updating I-9 files accordingly with the reinstatement of E-Verify.

That program generally applies to government contractors and subcontractors based on contract requirements and the size of the contract. Many employers participate in E-Verify voluntarily for added protection in meeting the legal requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), the federal statute that governs the Form I-9.

E-Verify requirements differ by state, however.

Some states require E-Verify for all employers. Others require it for only public employers. Some states mandate E-Verify past a certain employee threshold. Some states do not require E-Verify at all.

Kansas requires all contractors working with or through the Office of the Secretary of State to use E-Verify.

Contact Syndeo to see whether E-Verify is right for your organization.


~Josh Heck, Marketing Manager Syndeo