RALEIGH — In June 2011, the N.C. General Assembly approved a new law requiring employers and local governments to use the federal E-Verify system for new employees. The law phased in effective dates for private employers depending on the number of employees they have. Beginning July 1, the final phase takes effect, applying to private employers that employ 25 or more employees.
The first phase of the law, as it applied to private employers, covered those employers that employ 500 or more employees. These employers had to comply with the law as of Oct. 1, 2012. As of Jan. 1, the law covered employers that employ between 100 and 500 employees.
The N.C. Department of Labor is required to accept and investigate valid complaints that specifically allege that a private employer has violated the E-Verify law by failing to verify a newly hired employee’s work authorization through E-Verify.
The E-Verify program is a web-based system operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment authorization of newly hired employees.
To help employers understand their obligation under the E-Verify law, the Labor Department created a list of frequently asked questions and answers. It can be found at nclabor.com/legal/e_verify/e_verify_faq.htm.