According to a story on the Los Angeles Times website, businesses in the city of Lancaster, California will be required to use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of potential workers and ensure that all their new hires are eligible to work in the United States.

E-Verify – a free, Internet-based federal program – allows employers to compare information provided by job seekers with millions of records kept in databases by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Times reports.

Citing government statistics, the Times reports that more than 175,000 employers are currently enrolled in the E-Verify program, and over 8.5 million queries were run through the system in fiscal year 2009.

Companies refusing to comply with Lancaster’s law requiring the use of E-Verify risk having their business license revoked, according to the Times.

A designated E-Verify service agent, — a web-based I-9 Form/E-Verify solution from nationally recognized employment screening provider — is pre-integrated with the DHS’ E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system and helps employers ensure I-9 compliance, eliminate errors, and avoid government audits.

For more information about maintaining I-9 compliance, view a complimentary on demand webinar “E-Verify & Federal Contractors: Know The Facts,” visit, email, or call 1-800-300-1821.