The electronic system used by businesses to verify whether newly hired employees can legally work in the United States is not operating.
The Nebraska Department of Revenue said Wednesday that businesses can continue to hire workers while E-Verify is unavailable.
Ordinarily, Nebraska businesses using E-Verify are required to check the employment eligibility of new workers within three days of hiring. But the three-day verification rule has been suspended until E-Verify is running again, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on its website.
Employers will be given extra time to run workers through the electronic verification system but should continue to fill out I-9 forms for new hires. New workers’ employment eligibility should be electronically verified within a week after E-Verify is back up.
The Revenue Department also said companies can continue filing applications under the Nebraska Advantage Act. After E-Verify has resumed operations, the companies will need to submit E-Verify information within one week.