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Grant Sovern quoted in “Universal E-Verify requirement only a matter of time?”


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Like it or not, the future of employment law probably includes the E-Verify system for tracking the legal status workers, or something like it, for every business, according to a local attorney.

Grant Sovern, a partner in the Madison office of Quarles and Brady, said Congress has an E-Verify requirement in some of its immigration reform proposals, and it's something all employers most likely will be required to use at some future point.

Until then, only firms doing business with the federal government, and some state governments, are required to use the system. "I think people in Congress would like to force every employer to use it, but the reality is they don't have the bandwidth to have every single employer start using it all of the sudden," Sovern said. "My own impression of public policy is that some day there will be a system that requires sort of the panacea that Congress wants to have — a way to know who is authorized to work in the United States, to have some database where they can finally tell."

Originally published in InBusiness, October 26, 2010