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"I am proud to say that I have been a client of the firm for almost twenty years. While business opportunities and cycles come and go over time, the unwavering support, professionalism, responsiveness, and general best-in-class customer service has proven to be invaluable to me... not just for my business but personally as well. John Jeffries' work and assistance, combined with the many other resources within the group, yield one of the most important aspects to our business today and we will always remain very appreciative."

Sandy Myers
ASF Logistics, Inc.
 
Alabama E-Verify Requirement

We want to make you aware of an April 1st deadline that will affect all Alabama employers. You may already know that Alabama's new immigration law was passed in 2011. Effective April 1, 2012, every business entity or employer must be enrolled in E-Verify to verify the employment eligibility of every new hire in the State of Alabama. For Alabama employers who contract with any governmental entity in the State of Alabama, the E-Verify requirement became effective on January 1, 2012. The Act does exempt "casual domestic labor performed in the household” from the E-Verify provisions.

E-Verify is a free on-line service provided by the Federal government. E-Verify is the only "safe-harbor" for compliance with the law with regards to new hires, but the I-9 process is still required for current and past hires. You may access the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website (www.uscis.gov/everify) to enroll in E-Verify. There is a video on how to enroll as well as other useful information.

The penalties for noncompliance are severe and can include revocation of all licenses and permits to do business throughout the State of Alabama.

Small employers (25 or fewer employees) may elect to use the Alabama Department of Homeland Security’s service. Employers who want to utilize this service for E-verify should go to www.dhs.alabama.gov and click on the link for more information on Immigration, and then click on the “Alabama E-Verify Employer Agent Office” link.

Please contact us if you would like us to assist you in complying with these requirements.