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Bruce Buchanan

Georgia's E-Verify Law Expands to Cover Small Employers on July 1; By Bruce Buchanan, Siskind Susser

Georgia's E-Verify law, the Illegal Immigration and Enforcement Act (IIEA), will begin to cover employers with more than 10 employees on July 1, 2013. Thus, these small employers will be required to use E-Verify to check the employment authorization of newly-hired employees.

The law initially covered Georgia employers, with 500 or more employees, effective January 1, 2012. On July 1, 2012, it started to cover Georgia employers, with 100 or more employees. Private employers with 10 or less employees are exempt.

The Georgia law also requires contractors or subcontractors, even with 10 or fewer employees, who contract with a state agency to utilize E-Verify to verify the work eligibility of all new employees.  All contracts between a state agency and contractor must include this requirement, as well as those contracts between the contractor and a subcontractor.  If a contractor or subcontractor fails to comply with the IIEA, it is grounds to reject a bid on state and local public projects in Georgia.  When submitting a bid for a state or local public projects, a signed, notarized affidavit, attesting
to the contractor's registration with and use of E-Verify, must accompany the bid package.

About The Author

Bruce E. Buchanan is an attorney at the at Nashville Office of Siskind Susser, P.C. He represents individuals and employers in all aspects of immigration law, with an emphasis on immigration compliance for employers, and employment/labor law. Mr. Buchanan received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1982 and a B.S. degree from Florida State University, where he graduated magna *** laude. Mr. Buchanan has been in private practice since 2003. Beforehand, he served as Senior Trial Specialist for the National Labor Relations Board for 20 years. He also served from 1991 to 2003 as Adjunct Professor at William H. Bowen UALR School of Law, where he taught courses in Labor Law and Employment Law. Mr. Buchanan was chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Immigration Law Section from 2011 to 2012 and has been the editor of the TBA's Immigration Law Section Newsletter and the TBA's Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter since 2009. Mr. Buchanan is a frequent writer and speaker on immigration compliance as well as labor law, wage & hour law and proposed federal legislation. He is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves as the Advocacy Liaison of the Mid-South Chapter of AILA. Mr. Buchanan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) and is an associate member of the Mid-Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors. Mr. Buchanan is admitted to practice in Tennessee, Florida, and Arkansas, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and D.C. Circuits and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle District of Tennessee and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.

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