An overlooked goody in “The Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act (HB 56)” aka the Alabama Immigration Bill is the mandate for businesses to E-verify all their employees and new hires.

Effective April 1, 2012, every business entity or employer in this state shall enroll in E-Verify and thereafter, according to the federal statutes and regulations governing E-Verify, shall verify the employment eligibility of the employee through E-Verify. A business entity or employer that uses E-Verify to verify the work authorization of an employee shall not be deemed to have violated this section with respect to the employment of that employee.

Basically, E-verify is a list of approved workers maintained by the federal government. Not on the list: you cannot be hired. As analyzed by the conservative Cato Institute,

In simple terms, E-Verify is basically a federal “right to work” list. If you are correctly entered in the system, you can start a new job. If something is wrong with your record (such as a name change or data error), you have to wait in line at the Social Security Administration or with the Department of Homeland Security to get your record fixed.

Are you on the list? Do you have a good number? Are you sure? The system is admittedly rife with errors. According to current error rates (4.1%), if E-verify was mandatory in 2010, 190,000 Alabamians would have had to fix their records before they could start a new job or continue at their current one.

When E-Verify cannot confirm a worker’s eligibility, it issues the employer a “tentative nonconfirmation.” If nonconfirmed workers do not present themselves at federal government offices within eight days for review of their papers, the government issues a “final nonconfirmation,” barring them from working at their new jobs.

According to a recent survey of employers participating in the program, 52 percent had received at least one tentative
nonconfirmation for a new employee caused by data entry mistakes. Are you capable to prove that you are not “non-confirmed.” Will your employer give you time to prove you are confirmed? Some won’t as shown in this report.

A survey . . . found that 33.5 percent (of Arizonians) had been fired without receiving a chance to correct erroneous findings because E-Verify didn’t immediately confirm that they were work-authorized and none of their employers notified them, as required by the rules, that they could appeal the E-Verify finding.

Again where are the Tea Partiers? Basically, you will need permission from the federal government to work. Workers will have to be approved by the government to get a job.

Once built, this government monitoring system would soon be extended to housing, financial services, and other essentials to try to get at illegal immigrants. It would also be converted to policy goals well beyond immigration control. Direct regulatory power over American citizens would flow to the federal government. Even more information about Americans’ lives would flow into federal government databases. And sensitive personal data would be exposed to more security threats.

But this is just civil liberty talk; E-verify will create jobs right? Representative Micky Hammon, a Republican who was a chief sponsor of the bill is reported as saying “This is a jobs-creation bill for Americans.” However, requiring employers to use E-Verify will increase job-loss rates. The business journal Bloomburg found

If mandated for all employers [nationwide)], E-Verify would have cost $2.7 billion in fiscal 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.  Small businesses, which account for 99.7 percent of employers, would have paid $2.6 billion of that, according to the data.Employers spent about $43 million in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2008, to interact with the site, according to data compiled by Bloomberg based on a survey commissioned by the government. [emphasis mine)]

Hey small business owners: are you ready to familiarize yourself with the user manual, a 82 page tome on implemenation of E-verify?  As reported from Arizona,

Mike Castillo, owner of PostalMax of Scottsdale, said the program isn’t user-friendly for small-business owners. Castillo signed up for E-Verify in 2008 but didn’t use it because his parcel-services business didn’t have any turnover.

Recently, he wanted to hire a part-time worker, but a technical glitch made it difficult for Castillo’s human-resources contractor to file the paperwork with the CIS.

The federal agency sent a form in a file format that was difficult to open, and it took a few days to iron the problem out, said Castillo.

If you don’t have the luxury of a human-resources staff, E-Verify takes time away from your core business, he said.

On top of all that, it does not work, according to this report,  E-Verify cleared 54% of “illegal aliens ” to work in 2009.

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