/ Modified jan 3, 2019 5 p.m.

Shutdown Means No E-Verify for Arizona Hospitality Industry

The break in the system to verify someone can legally work in the U.S. comes at the start of the peak season.

E-Verify web Services like E-Verify have been limited due to the partial government shutdown.
AZPM Screenshot

Arizona law has for years required employers to verify that someone they want to hire can legally work in the United States.

But a federal system business owners use has been shuttered due to the partial government shutdown as the peak season for Arizona’s hospitality industry is just getting started.

This means the state’s restaurant owners and hotel managers looking to beef up staff can’t use E-Verify to confirm a prospective employee’s immigration status until the federal government is fully re-opened.

No access to E-Verify is not going to stop the service industry from hiring, said Julie A. Pace, employment attorney with the Cavanagh Law Firm.

“And in fact, they will probably use this gap as an opportunity to hire more people who may not… They won’t know it. The companies won’t, but they wouldn’t have passed E-Verify maybe in the past,” she said.

If owners don’t use E-Verify to retroactively check employees after the government shutdown ends, they may eventually have to explain that decision to auditors, Pace said.

Fronteras Desk
This story is from the Fronteras Desk, a collaboration of Southwestern public radio stations, including NPR 89.1. Read more from the Fronteras Desk.
By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona