IncSmart Florida (Small Business and Startups) - E-verify for Florida business is being added to the ballot box in 2018. The proposal (P 29), that would require all employers in Florida to use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Employment Authorization Program, known as E-Verify. This law will determine the eligibility of new employees. The law has failed to get legislative support in past years because special interests tied to agriculture and construction made it unworkable. If the new law passes, it would require automatic suspension of all licenses until compliance is met. Fines could go as high as $1,000.
E-Verify is an Internet system that compares information from a would be employee's Form I-9, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Then the Social Security Administration confirms employment eligibility. Florida businesses would have to verify that newly hired employees are not undocumented immigrants. The agriculture industry says it would suffer a short-term labor shortage that would result in lost and unharvested crops. There is now a need to work on the H-2A guest worker program. The work program will distinguish between guest workers and human trafficking currently being employed by the agriculture industry. Eight states currently require the use of E-Verify. Indiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Virginia, Missouri, Louisiana, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
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