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State attempt to create online worker status verification system has stalled

State attempt to create online worker status verification system has stalled


State agencies are still trying to create an online system to verify the work status of new hires, according to a report that was issued today by the Minnesota Legislative Auditor.

E-Verify was established by Congress to help employers meet federal requirements to verify that workers are eligible to work in the U.S. The requirements were passed by Congress to address concerns about illegal immigration.

In 2008, Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed an executive order that required E-Verify be used for newly hired employees in the executive branch of state government and by employers that have received large state contracts. As of May 2009, however, state agencies weren’t using E-Verify, the report found.

Minnesota Management & Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson said the state has been working to implement E-Verify since early 2008. However, progress has stalled over issues such as being able to protect the privacy of employees' private data and the security of the system.

More details on the Legislative Auditor’s report will appear in the Saint Paul Legal Ledger Capitol Report and Finance & Commerce newspapers.