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Chattanooga Tennessee: More employers use E-Verify

Despite concerns from business groups and immigrant advocates about a government Web-based employment verification program, a growing number of local companies are using it.

Since the voluntary program E-Verify was offered to employers in 2004, almost 4,000 Georgia companies and more than 800 businesses in Tennessee have signed up to participate in the federal program, including 50 employers in Chattanooga and 96 in Dalton, Ga.

The E-Verify program is a voluntary, Internet-based program established to allow employers to verify workers’ employment eligibility electronically with the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.

“We have been using E-Verify without any real problems for three years,” said Kary Klein, owner of the temporary hiring firm SmartHire in Chattanooga. “I could see the trend coming, and I think eventually most employers are going to have to use it. We want to be a leader in our industry, so we began using E-Verify very early.”

Jessica Jones, an employee at SmartHire, said the computer check of new hires is quick and easy.

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September 1, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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