Core Provisions: The New Employee Verification Act would replace the government’s current E-Verify program with the Electronic Employment Verification System (EEVS). E-Verify is an internet-based system that allows employers to verify employees’ work eligibility, but the system has been criticized for providing erroneous eligibility results due to name changes, citizenship status changes, and other data-entry or data processing errors. E-Verify relies on Social Security and Department of Homeland Security databases to verify employee eligibility.
The proposed system would verify employment eligibility by utilizing the National Directory of New Hires, a state new hire database originally developed to facilitate child support enforcement. The system would still utilize the Social Security and Department of Homeland Security databases, but those databases would also receive funding to improve and update their databases and verification programs. Employers seeking to verify their employees’ eligibility could access the EEVS system via the Internet or a toll-free telephone line.
Status: H.R. 2028 was introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) on April 22, 2009, and referred to the Judiciary, Education and Labor, Rules, and Ways and Means Committees. The full text of the bill has not yet been released. Rep. Johnson introduced similar legislation in the 110th Congress, but the bill failed to make it out of committee.