In Kansas, certain employers will be required to enroll in E-Verify soon.
The employment authorization verification program isn't mandatory for employers in the state right now, but a bill recommended by the House Education Committee could change that for certain educational institutions, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. The bill itself had little to do with E-Verify. Senate Bill 136, if passed, would do away with due-process rights for educators at two-year community colleges and technical high schools chosen for termination. The option to offer due-process, or the right to a hearing for employees of four or more years, would be a local decision.
Included in the bill, is a requirement that those very same education facilities utilize E-Verify during the hiring process. The media outlet noted that in the past, similar measures for state employees and contractors have been rejected. Not included in the bill, though, is a penalty if employers choose not to follow the E-Verify requirement. This leaves a potential opening for the affected employers to simply ignore the rule.
E-Verify is required in some states, but not in others. In some places, it is only mandatory for certain employers, such as state employees and contractors. Employers should stay informed of state E-Verify regulations to ensure that they remain compliant with hiring requirements. The employment authorization verification program is used to ensure that new hires' citizenship status allows them to work in the U.S.
Though fines for E-Verify violations aren't as common as they are for Form I-9 errors, they do occur. In 2012, Diversified Maintenance Systems, LLC reached a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice over alleged misuse of the background verification program. The company was fined $2,000 and mandated to set up a back pay fund for the affected individual. For this reason, Kansas community colleges and technical high schools may find it prudent to stay on top of SB 136.