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With E-Verify Suspended, Employers Are Skittish About Hiring

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government is frustrating small business owners, especially those who contract with the federal government, rely on “non-essential” government employees, or want a new loan backed by the Small Business Administration.

Here’s another wrinkle: E-Verify, the federal government’s electronic system for checking whether new hires can legally work in the U.S., has been suspended, along with scores of other government functions deemed nonessential. That presents a prickly question for employers enrolled in E-Verify, because they must use the system to run checks on new workers within three days of hiring them. With the government shut down, would they have to stop hiring, as some have surmised?