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Immigration status checks accelerated

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State agencies must begin using E-Verify more than a year before law takes effect for other businesses.

By Landmark News Service

RICHMOND — By June 1, state government agencies must begin checking whether new hires are eligible to work in this country, Gov. Bob McDonnell has ordered — a date 18 months before a law requiring the checks is scheduled to take effect.
Last year, the General Assembly approved legislation requiring the state to participate in E-Verify, a federal Internet-based system that enables employers to determine whether their employees legally can be employed. The effective date of that legislation is Dec. 1, 2012.


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