Employers Oppose Proposed Employment Verification System

June 4th, 2007

According to the Washington Post, employers oppose many provisions of the proposed mandatory employment verification system in the Senate’s immigration legislation. 

One of their concerns is the increased criminal liability for hiring undocumented workers.  Under the legislation, there is a provision imposing criminal liability for employers if their subcontractors hire illegal workers and the maximum criminal penalty for a pattern of hiring illegal workers would increase to $75,000 per illegal worker from $3,000.

Employers are also concerned about the mandatory employment verification system, since the current voluntary system (Basic), upon which the new system will be modeled, is riddled with errors, including a faulty database.