Tennessee makes E-Verify Mandatory


As of August, Tennessee has joined Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina in requiring employers to use the E-Verify hiring system that is monitored by the Department of Homeland Security. The Tennessee Lawful Employment Act has ensured compliance with the program since 2011, which has stated that private companies with six or more workers must ensure they have a legal workforce. This includes employees who are contracted but paid by the employers. In 2017, an amendment will require companies with 50 employees or more to comply in using the E-Verify system as well.


The E-Verify System works to ensure an easier process that verifies and employee’s work eligibility in the United States. The system is able to take a worker’s I-9 form and employment eligibility verification and compare it against information that the government would have in varying databases.