SHRM supports bill aimed at stopping illegal workers

U.S. legislation also includes protections against identity theft
||Last Updated: 03/13/2008

A coalition of business leaders and HR professionals, led by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), has endorsed legislation that would create a mandatory employment verification system for all employers in the United States.

The legislation is intended to prevent unauthorized work in the U.S. by requiring verification of all new hires through the use of an electronic, reliable and more secure system than currently exists.

"The government hasn't given employers the right tools to ensure a legal workforce," said Susan Meisinger, president and CEO of SHRM. "This bill is a major step toward doing something meaningful to stop illegal immigration."