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E-Verify Becoming Standard Practice


The use of E-Verify to screen out illegal workers is becoming a standard part of the hiring process at more and more firms, even without a mandate from Congress. Here’s the latest from Raytheon (73,000 employees):

To: “All U.S. Raytheon employees” <[email protected]>
From: Keith Peden <[email protected]>
Date: 12/16/2009 11:38AM
Subject: New employment verification process to be implemented for U.S. employees in 2010

Dear Raytheon Employee:

The U.S. Government recently made significant changes to the U.S. employment verification process. These changes, targeted at federal contractors like Raytheon, aim to ensure we hire and employ only individuals legally authorized to work in the U.S. As a result of these new mandates, Raytheon will implement a companywide employee verification process called E-verify beginning the first quarter of 2010.

If you are an employee hired after November 6, 1986, you may be required to provide documentation to validate your employment eligibility through the E-verify process. E-verify is a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services oversees the program, which is a web-based system that electronically verifies the employment eligibility of newly hired or, in the case of federal contractors like Raytheon, current employees as well. Raytheon employees with active government security clearances are exempt from this employment eligibility requirement.