Last year the Tennessee legislature passed a law that will require almost all businesses in the state to use E-verify, a federal employment verification program.
E-verify frequently provides employers with bad information on whether an applicant is eligible to work. The system does not adequately protect job applications from racial discrimination. It also poses significant costs to small businesses who will soon be required to use the system.
Tennessee Senator Reginald Tate has sponsored a bill to delay implementation of E-verify for small businesses until January 2014. This will give lawmakers an opportunity to measure and understand the impact of E-verify before expanding the program to include almost all private businesses in the state.
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