NEW FLORIDA E-VERIFY LAW
September 4, 2020 –
Effective January 1, 2021, the State of Florida will be mandating a new E-Verify Law. This law will require all public employers, including local school districts, public universities and colleges, and state and local agencies, as well as their private contractors, to use E-Verify. Below is a summary of this new law.
- Every public employer, contractor, and subcontractor in Florida must enroll in and use E-Verify to confirm eligibility for all NEW employees.
- No public contract can be entered into without an E-Verify Certificate. Any subcontractor must provide the contractor with an Affidavit, which must be retained by the contractor for the duration of the contract. The Affidavit must state that the subcontractor does not employ, contract with, or subcontract with unauthorized aliens. This is needed for all public projects.
- Private employers are not required to use E-Verify unless they have a contract with a public employer, or they have applied for a taxpayer funded incentives through the Department of Economic Opportunity.
- Although it has been required for all employers to complete and maintain I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification forms, the new Florida law requires any private company who does not use E-Verify to maintain copies of documents from the I-9 for three (3) years, or one (1) year after an employee is terminated.
If your company is not currently registered with E-Verify, Vested HR can register your company as your Employer Agent under our Vested HR E-Verify account. Your company will then have the required E-Verify Certificate. Additionally, Vested HR can then provide you with an Affidavit template for use.
Please contact a member of our Vested HR Client Services Team for information on how we can assist your company with this new Florida E-Verify.