Mandatory E-Verify bill gives agriculture businesses extra time to comply, find legal workers
By Associated Press, Tuesday, June 14, 2011
WASHINGTON — A bill that would require U.S. businesses to use a government database to verify that new workers are in the country legally is giving the agriculture industry a slight break.
The Legal Workforce Act [sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas] would give the agriculture industry, where labor, industry and government officials say the vast majority of workers are illegal, three years to screen all new hires to make sure they are eligible to work in the U.S. The remaining employers would have two years to comply.
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