Denver Staffing Agency Participates in E-Verify Program
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Denver Staffing Agency Recognizes the Importance of Employing a Legal Workforce
As a Denver staffing, recruiting and temporary agency, J. Kent Staffing recognizes the importance of employing a legal workforce. Although J. Kent has been judiciously verifying employment eligibility of its large temporary staff using the Form I-9 since 1986 (after the passage of the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986), effective February 17, 2012, we are augmenting our Form I-9 with the federal E-Verify program.
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify Clause
At J. Kent, we provide staff (Temporary Staff and Temp-to-Hire Staff) for all sectors and industries to include organizations working under federal contracts in Denver, Colorado. Therefore, E-Verify became the obvious next step in employment verification, since many of our clients are holders of federal contracts, and those contracts contain the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify clause.
E-Verify Bill HR 2164 – The Legal Workforce Act
With heightened awareness about Denver’s legal workforce, we have implemented the E-Verify program for the benefit of all J. Kent clients, for profit, non-profit, governmental contractors or entities in all our areas of Expertise. Although E-Verify Bill HR 2164 - The Legal Workforce Act* is requiring all employers to use the system phased-in over the next three years, we believe that E-Verify is a good, practical, business practice today. Conclusion: implementation at a later date serves no purpose. Therefore, effective February 17, 2012, all J. Kent staff members assigned to our Denver client companies are processed through E-Verify, a companion to Form I-9.
*The Legal Workforce Act replaces the I-9 form with an online system that sends all the relevant data directly to the Department of Homeland Security. In other words, HR 2164 actually requires employers to send proof of their compliance or non-compliance directly to the federal government.
What is E-Verify?
- E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility.
- E-Verify is an electronic program through which employers verify the employment eligibility of their employees after hire.
- The program was authorized by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA).
- In short, employers submit information taken from a new hire's Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) through E-Verify to the Social Security Administration and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to determine whether the information matches government records and whether the new hire is authorized to work in the United States.
Who Administers E-Verify?
E-Verify is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USCIS, Verification Division, and the Social Security Administration.
Employers E-Verify Participation is Growing
Participation in E-Verify is free and voluntary, and has been available for every business in the country since late 2004. More than 288,000 employers, large and small, across the United States use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of their employees, with about 1,200 new businesses signing up each week according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
J. Kent Staffing signed the MOU with the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and participates in the E-Verify program effective February 17, 2012
Source: United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services