The law clearly states that employers have an affirmative duty to verify that each of their employees is authorized to work in the United States. Following the steps in the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, verifies that persons are eligible to work in the United States. It also alerts employers if a discrepancy occurs with an employee’s Social Security number or immigration status information. The steps are designed to ensure that organizations comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which makes it illegal for companies to employ people who are not authorized to work in the United States.
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