In order to ensure that Partners are compliant with U.S immigration law, C-TPAT requires the use of E-Verify to certify all employees’ eligibility status to work in the United States.
Read Customs & Border Protection’s bulletin regarding this requirement here: http://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/bullentin_feb14.pdf
This system compares completed Form I-9s with data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration in order to confirm that an individual is eligible for hire. In order to meet this requirement and use E-Verify, Partners must complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for every employee.
U.S. employers face very specific requirements when hiring new employees, so it is crucial that C-TPAT Partners examine and verify potential employees’ eligibility no matter their immigration status through the completion of the Form I-9 and the subsequent use of E-Verify.
If an I-9 violation is discovered by C-TPAT, the Supply Chain Security Specialist will guide the Partner in coming up with an appropriate solution, but will not issue a fine or penalty. If another agency (non-voluntary, unlike C-TPAT) discovers an I-9 violation during review of the Partner, employers may be fined.
By Abby Frank, Consulting Coordinator