Geogia E-Verify Law

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Both the Georgia Senate Bill 160 (SB 160) & House Bill 87 (HB 87) passed and were signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal effective 2013. Better known as the Georgia E-Verify law, it requires employers (conveniently excluding small landscaping companies and small housing contractor subcontractors) with 10 or more employees (including any employee working at least 35 hours a week) to use the federal E-Verify system (verifies employees’ work authorization through both the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration databases) not only for services of any kind (except for attorneys) or any sized contractor/subcontractor on any public project. This expands the E-Verify requirement to small businesses contracted to perform labor or services in excess of $2,499.99, ranging from public construction to information technology and accounting services.

The federal E-Verify program is an electronic online system that allows employers to confirm whether their new hires are legally authorized to work in the U.S and was phased in over 3 years to eventually cover small employers.

The new law prohibits any company from working or bidding on public contracts if it does not enroll in E-Verify. Local governments will not grant or renew a business license or permit for a business until it submits an affidavit certifying its enrollment in the E-Verify program or claiming legitimate exemption

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