CHARLOTTE (AP) — Thousands of smaller businesses are going to have to start checking the immigration status of new hires under a state law approved two years ago.
The Charlotte Observer reported that the law on Monday extends to include companies that employ 25 people or more. Employers must use the federal government’s E-Verify system to prevent people living in the country illegally from landing jobs.
The Internet-based system allows an employer to enter a worker’s name, Social Security number, address and birth date to match it with other federal data.
Employees whose names are flagged have eight days to appeal. A company that continues to employ someone deemed ineligible will be warned, then fined by the state Labor Department.