If you aren’t already using E-Verify, which gives you an electronic way to make sure folds really are allowed to work in the country, you might want to get familiar with it now.


E-Verify may become mandatory for all employers within the next 12 months.


That’s according to Worksite Compliance Services President David Fowler, who spoke at the recent American Payroll Association Capital Summit in Washington, DC.


But he didn’t stop there. He also expects U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to:


Have a phase-in period to help people get comfortable, and


Increase enforcement and penalties.


Getting ready


To prepare, have everyone on you team log onto USCIS’s website to get comfortable with E-Verify.


Put your head together and bounce questions of each other to make sure everyone’s ready. Here’s an example. Q: Can you create a case in E-Verify without an employee’s Social Security Number? A: No.