In the United States, employers, employees, and the federal government share responsibility for a reliable, efficient, accurate system to verify employment eligibility. The current process of employment verification should be improved by creating a secure, efficient, and reliable system that will help prevent unauthorized employment, a root cause of illegal immigration. The current document-based employment eligibility verification system falls far short of serving the national interest of the United States, as employers cannot know with certainty if documents are real or forged.
HR Policy Association supports transforming the current paper-based method of employment verification with a biometrically-based or other state-of-the-art electronic verification system. If adequately funded and fairly administered, this new system could eliminate virtually all unauthorized employment.