Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee wrapped up its work on the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885), the bill that requires all U.S. employers to use E-Verify to ensure that newly-hired employees are authorized to work in the U.S. The bill replaces the current paper-based I-9 system with a completely electronic work eligibility check.
It passed out of committee to the House floor by a vote of 22-13.
For ag employers, the bill requires that employees performing “agricultural labor or services” are only subject to an E-Verify check within 36 months of the date of enactment. (Get more information on the bill.)
But it’s uncertain how much support the measure, which was at one time considered to have a strong chance to pass the GOP-controlled House, will get from legislators.
According to a report in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, “a backlash threatens to sideline the bill, as Republicans seek to placate conservatives wary of legislation they consider intrusive and to court Hispanic voters who might deem it discriminatory.”