E-Verify is a federal, Internet-based system used to determine whether an employee is lawfully able to work in the United States.  The system is managed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and works by comparing employment eligibility data collected on I-9 forms with records maintained by the U.S. Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

The use of E-Verify is voluntary at the national level unless you are a federal contractor; however, many states have enacted laws mandating or limiting the system’s use.  These laws range from mandatory E-Verify use by all companies in Alabama, to the prohibition of mandatory E-Verify ordinances in state municipalities in California.  State legislation most frequently addresses use of E-Verify for government employers, contractors, and subcontractors.
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Pursuant to the Colorado Employment Verification Law (C.R.S. §  8-2-122), all public and private employers in Colorado must adhere to additional employer compliance requirements, separate and in addition to those mandated by the Federal Form I-9 requirements.  All Colorado employers are required to complete the Colorado Affirmation Form (Affirmation of Legal Work Status) for all Colorado employees hired  on or after January 1, 2007, within 20 calendar days of the employee’s hire.   The Division issued a revised Form, effective October 1, 2014, and it is essential that Colorado employers are aware of this update to ensure continued compliance.


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