On July 1, 2015, E-Verify formally implemented its Tentative Non-Confirmation (TNC) E-Mail Notification enhancement, which permits E-Verify to directly notify employees when a TNC is issued during the employment verification process. Prior to the introduction of this feature, only employers were alerted to TNCs issued by the system.
Specifically, employees who enter a valid e-mail address in Section 1 of the Form I-9 and receive a TNC during the employment verification process will be contacted directly by federal agencies in the event of a data mismatch between the information noted on the Form I-9 and the data found in federal government databases. Importantly, employers are advised to remember that the e-email field on the Form I-9 is entirely optional. In addition, employees may elect to record any valid e-mail address of their choosing, including a work-based address. Employers will continue to be notified when a TNC occurs and will retain the obligation to notify employees accordingly, even if employees are also directly notified via the email address provided on the Form I-9.