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Bloggings on I-9 E-Verify Immigration Compliance

by Bruce E. Buchanan

More companies to be covered by Georgia's E-Verify law on July 1

Georgia employers are reminded, effective July 1, 2012, if you employ 100 or more employees, you will be covered by Georgia's E-Verify law. As such, you are required to sign up for E-Verify and utilize E-Verify to check the employment authorization of all newly-hired employees. But remember you may not use E-Verify to check the employment authorization of current employees unless you are a federal contractor or subcontractor with a contract requiring the use of E-Verify. In that situation, you may opt to E-Verify all current employees. This part of the phase-in of the Georgia E-Verify law will cover thousands of employers as the initial phase-in, effective January 1, 2012, only covered Georgia employers. with 500 or more employees. The last phase-in will be on July 1, 2013, when Georgia employers, with 11 or more employees, will be required to use E-Verify. If you are uncertain whether you are covered by this phase-in of the law or don't know how to sign up for E-Verify, you should consult with an immigration compliance attorney.

About The Author

Bruce E. Buchanan is an attorney at the at Nashville Office of Siskind Susser, P.C. He represents individuals and employers in all aspects of immigration law, with an emphasis on immigration compliance for employers, and employment/labor law. Mr. Buchanan received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1982 and a B.S. degree from Florida State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Buchanan has been in private practice since 2003. Beforehand, he served as Senior Trial Specialist for the National Labor Relations Board for 20 years. He also served from 1991 to 2003 as Adjunct Professor at William H. Bowen UALR School of Law, where he taught courses in Labor Law and Employment Law. Mr. Buchanan was chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Immigration Law Section from 2011 to 2012 and has been the editor of the TBA's Immigration Law Section Newsletter and the TBA's Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter since 2009. Mr. Buchanan is a frequent writer and speaker on immigration compliance as well as labor law, wage & hour law and proposed federal legislation. He is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves as the Advocacy Liaison of the Mid-South Chapter of AILA. Mr. Buchanan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) and is an associate member of the Mid-Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors. Mr. Buchanan is admitted to practice in Tennessee, Florida, and Arkansas, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and D.C. Circuits and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle District of Tennessee and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.

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