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As a reminder to employers in the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, beginning January 1, 2013, some significant changes to E-Verify legislation took place. Here are the changes by state:

In Georgia, private employers with 11-99 employees must E-Verify all new hires on or before July 2013. Many larger employers in the state are already subject to this, and private employers with 10 or fewer employees are exempt. This is the final phase for employers to enroll and use E-Verify as part of Georgia’s Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011 (HB 87).

In North Carolina, beginning January 1, 2013, private employers with 100 or more employees (but fewer than 500 employees) must use E-Verify for all new hires pursuant to Session Law 2011-263 (HB 36).

Pennsylvania requires that starting January 1, 2013, all state public works contractors and subcontractors with work contracts worth $25,000 or more must enroll and use E-Verify for new hires (SB 637).

And finally, in Tennessee, Public Chapter No. 436 law has entered its final application phase. The law mandated that certain employers use E-Verify beginning as early as January 1, 2012. In this final phase, beginning January 1, 2013, all private employers with 6 to 199 employees must enroll and begin using E-Verify to verify new hires. To read more about this law and the earlier requirements for state and local government agencies, private employers with 500 or more employees, and private employers with 200-499 employees, click here.

Corporate Screening will continue to monitor legislation and will keep you informed of additional changes.