Applicant Know Your Rights and Responsibilities Under E-Verify
Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Principal Financial Group participates in E-Verify.
Know Your Rights – Quick List
Employers must post a notice informing employees of their use of E-Verify.
- E-Verify must be used for new hires only. It cannot be used to verify the employment eligibility of current employees.
- E-Verify must be used for all new hires regardless of national origin or citizenship status. It may not be used selectively.
- E-Verify must be used only after hire and after completion of the Form I-9. Employers may not pre-screen applicants through E-Verify.
- If an employee receives a tentative nonconfirmation, the employer must promptly provide the employee with information about how to challenge the tentative nonconfirmation, including a written notice generated by E-Verify.
- If an employee decides to challenge a tentative nonconfirmation, the employer must provide the person with a referral letter issued by E-Verify that contains specific instructions and contact information.
- Employers may not take any adverse action against an employee because he/she contests a tentative nonconfirmation. This includes firing, suspending, withholding pay or training, or otherwise limiting his/her employment.
- The employee must be given eight federal government work days to contact the appropriate federal agency to contest the tentative nonconfirmation.
- Employers may not take any adverse action against any employee based upon the tentative nonconfirmation for the duration of the tentative nonconfirmation (even if it extends beyond ten federal government work days) as long as the employee contacted the appropriate federal agency within eight federal government work days.
- Employers may terminate workers based upon E-Verify only upon receipt of a final nonconfirmation or upon notice that an employee has chosen not to contest a tentative nonconfirmation.
- Employers may not use E-Verify to re-verify the employment eligibility of an existing employee. Re-verification must be conducted through the Form I-9.
Click links below to view more information available from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website: