National Restaurant Association Survey Indicates Support for E-Verify Mandate

A new survey by the National Restaurant Association indicates there is growing support among business operators regarding the E-Verify mandate. The survey, which was conducted in partnership with ImmigrationWorks USA, found that 80% of restaurant operators who use E-Verify would recommend it to a colleague, and about 66% said they would use it voluntarily. Additionally, 79% said the program was 100% accurate. Overall, the survey found that 23% of responding restaurant operators would use the program to check the documentation of newly hired immigrant employees. “By using it, operators can actually know who they’re hiring,” said Tamar Jacoby, president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA. “It’s a way to avoid liability, to wade through a sea of false documentation and know that you’ve checked it out to the extent that you can.” Independents disproportionately said they would not use E-Verify because they either did not have an HR department to support it or because of the technical challenges involved. In response, changes are currently underway to make the E-Verify system part of a broad, national mandate that would simplify the current two-step process that consists of the I-9 you must do and E-Verify and the need for Internet access that is required.

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