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E-Verify System Now Stricter and Mandatory for Many TN Businesses

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, all businesses in the state of Tennessee with 50 or more employees are required to use the E-Verify system to determine whether their new hires are authorized to work in this country.
E-Verify is an internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration that electronically verifies employment eligibility of new hires by searching for their names and social security numbers in its database.
Prior to Jan. 1, businesses in the state with six or more employees were only required to keep copies of employee driver’s licenses or employment authorization documents to prove that they were legal to work in the U.S.

How Did the Penalties and Requirements Change?

In addition to being required to utilize the E-Verify system, employers in Tennessee also face additional scrutiny if they fail to abide by it, such as: