UPDATED 7:45 AM PT – Thur. January 3, 2019
The partial government shutdown is having unintended consequences on the E-Verify system.
Congressional lawmakers were notified on Wednesday, that the program is currently unavailable because of the federal lapse in funding to the DHS.
This means any new hires for the lawmaker’s Capitol Hill offices will not be screened by E-Verify, to confirm their citizenship or legal status.
This issue also affects more than 750,000 employers nationwide, who rely on the system to be in compliance with immigration laws.
The Office of Payroll and Benefits has since announced it will screen new staffers once the government is re-opened.