By: Chris M. Mason
“With another possible government shutdown looming, Arizona employers are understandably concerned with hiring new employees and handling E-verify requirements. Employers should quickly E-verify while they can. While both major political parties appear hopeful that they may have achieved an acceptable compromise, we do not yet know whether it will prove enough before funding expires.
As employers learned in prior shutdowns, most notably the very recent shutdown which lasted for a record-setting 35 days before a temporary compromise was reached, government services like E-verify may be discontinued for lack of funding during the shutdown. This creates an uneasy verification stasis for Arizona employers, who are required to E-verify under state law. The only practical solution is to E-verify while the portal is open, and then table the verification of others hired during a period while the portal is closed. E-verification should be done as quickly as possible once the portal is re-opened. Thus, for those Arizona employers who have not already gone back to E-verify those hired during the last E-verify closure, they should do so immediately, particularly before government funding runs out on Friday night, February 15. ”
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