Published Date: 10/20/2014
By Pat Rountree
As the economy picks up and hiring increases, we want to make sure that private employers are aware that North Carolina implemented a law requiring employers with 25 or more employees in NC to use the federal E-Verify system to verify the work authorization of new hires. The law became effective for smaller employers on July 1, 2013. In determining whether your company meets the threshold, you are not required to count temporary seasonal workers for fewer than 90 days within a consecutive 12-month period.
If you were not a covered employer when the law became effective but have since reached the threshold, you should start using E-Verify for all new hires. If you should have been using E-Verify but were not aware of the requirement, do not go back and use E-Verify to authorize the employment authorization of existing employees. That would violate federal law.
To participate in E-Verify, you will need to complete the enrollment process and sign a Memorandum of Understanding. Please see http://j.mp/EV-EP. There are tutorials, FAQ’s and a handbook on the USCIS website to help you understand your requirements.
The NC law only applies to NC employees. For more information, see NC E-Verify Frequently Asked Questions for Employers – http://j.mp/ev-q. If you have questions about the E-Verify law, please call CAI's Advice & Resolution Team at 919‑878‑9222 or 336‑668‑7746.