Government shutdown causes employer confusion over new hires

This week’s government shutdown has forced many departments to close, but one area that hasn’t been widely considered is how it affects businesses looking to hire new employees. Many businesses rely on E-Verify, an electronic system for checking if potential workers have the legal right to work in the US. The system has been suspended after being deemed non-essential, meaning businesses need to rely on paper documents as proof. Officials say that, although many businesses are legally required to use E-Verify within three days of hiring someone, the requirement is being waived until the system is up and running again. Even so, Bloomberg Businessweek reports there is “plenty of confusion” over how to proceed, highlighting that it’s…

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