State of Illinois Bans Basic Pilot Program

Nick Fishman

This is pretty drastic. Evidently Illinois governor Rob Blagojevich distrusts the Social Security Administration’s and Department of Homeland Security’s databases so much that he and other Illinois law-makers have banned the use of the basic pilot program. The basic pilot program allows employers to query these databases to determine if their employees are legal U.S. workers. I understand their concern about the fallibility of these databases. There are definitely some false-positives that come across (tentative non-confirmations that occur due to poor record keeping or data entry by these governmental agencies), but this seems a bit drastic. See the article below.

New State Law Bans Use of Residency Tool

There is a vague provision that allows use of the system after “training” of an organization has occurred. I have been told by those in the know that this legislation is most likely in response to a power play from Illinois’ labor unions and that this law will ultimately be deemed unconstitutional.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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