Louisiana amends immigration law to require use of E-Verify
July 1, 2011 – Governor Bobby Jindal signed Act 402, revising Louisiana’s existing immigration provisions to require employers to use the federal E-Verify system to check on the immigration status of their employees.
There is a growing trend of businesses moving away from Paper I-9 Forms and implementing Electronic (computer based) Error-Detecting I-9 Forms. Unfortunately the companies still may have issues with their current employees who had been hired with a Paper I-9 Form. In that case, the company can simply have their Paper I-9 Forms “Certified” by a 3rd Party Auditing Firm. Then the company can implement the Electronic I-9 Form.
Employers who knowingly employ undocumented workers would face a $500 fine for the first offense and $1,000 for a second offense; they would see their business licenses revoked for between 30 days and six months in the case of a third offense.
(Title 23, Chapter 9, Part VI, Section 995, as amended by Act 402 (H. 646), L. 2011, effective Aug. 15, 2011.)