State of Georgia Mandates Verification of Work Status
July 19, 2007
Another day, another state passing a law that requires employers to verifiy their employee’s work eligibility status. (Okay, this actually took place on June 29th, but I’ve been busy blogging
In addition to enforcing federal immigration laws, the state feels that this measure will discourage those doing business with the state from human traffiking and taking state deductions for undocumented workers.
What I find interesting about this measure is that they only require this of those that employ over 500 employees. Why? Do they trust that small employers wouldn’t hire illegals and are they just starting somewhere? Also, this should be an interesting test case for the state. What if these contractors now cannot find enough legal workers to complete the jobs the state has contracted for? Do they rescind this measure? Do they look for out-of-state contractors? Can they require out-of-state contractors to do the same? Will they eventually mandate this for all employers in the state of Georgia?
Who knows? We’ll keep following this story and update you from time to time.