The problems with E-Verify, as far as the fresh produce industry was concerned, were related to errors generated by a complicated, expensive database, Stenzel said. One example, he said, is that 5% to 10% of the Social Security numbers in the system are incorrect.
Under the new electronic job verification system, states’ driver license photo databases would be incorporated into a national photo database. The bill includes $250 million to help states pay for participation in the system.
Fines for employers who hire unauthorized workers would begin at $3,500 per violation and reach $25,000 per violation for repeated offenses. Employers who failed to keep required records of employees’ verified status would face fines beginning at $500 per incident and increasing to $8,000 per incident for repeated offenses.