Join the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the fight against misinformation
About the campaign:
On July 1st, the new Florida immigration law SB 1718 will go into effect, and the misinformation surrounding it has caused unprecedented instability in our business community. On this page, get information about this law and resources designed to help you make informed decisions.
SB 1718 fast facts:
The new E-Verify law
SB 1718 requires private employers with 25 employees or more to use the E-Verify system to verify the employment eligibility of all new employees.
Will E-verify requirements increase costs for businesses?
E-verify is a FREE service offered by the Federal government. Businesses are already required to verify new employees’ work eligibility.
Which employees do not have to go through the E-Verify process?
Businesses that employ less than 25 team members do not have to complete E-Verify on new employees under the new state law.
Employees hired before July 1, 2023, and have already verified employment eligibility through the I-9 process do not have to complete E-Verify under the new state law.
Individuals hired for casual labor, which is performed within a private residence, do not have to complete E-Verify under the new state law.
Independent contractors hired to perform a specified portion of labor or services do not have to complete E-Verify under the new state law.
How will the E-Verify provisions in this law be enforced?
Beginning July 1, 2024, if the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity determines that an employer did not comply with this law, the department will provide the business with 30 days to comply.
If the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity determines that an employer has failed to comply three times within any 24-month period, the business will be fined $1,000 per day until the business has proven compliance.
Noncompliance also constitutes grounds for suspension of all licenses issued by a state licensing agency until the noncompliance is corrected.
Is Florida the only state requiring E-verify?
No, at least 22 states require E-verify, including Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Virginia, and others.
Will the E-verify provisions only impact the construction industry?
E-verify provisions only affect new employees hired as permanent workers by companies with 25+ employees. It does not single out any industry.
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Please note that each case is unique and the information provided here is for educational purposes only. We recommend that you consult with an attorney if you have any questions about your specific situation.