Peak Employment Solutions is one of a few select companies in Georgia and the nation to be registered and certified as a "Designated Agent" and "Corporate Administrator" under the U.S. Government's E-Verify Program through the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). We are proud to be a part of this Federal Government initiative.
E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in conjunction with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.
As a certified participant and Designated Agent in the program, Peak offers the assurance to our clients who voluntarily choose and/or to those clients, federal contractors and subcontractors who are required by Law to utilize E-Verify, effective as of 9/8/2009, that all potential employees are eligible for hire. The new Law directs federal agencies to require that federal contractors agree to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their employees. Federal contracts awarded and solicitations issued after 9/8/2009 will include a clause committing government contractors to use E-Verify.
EMPLOYERS & E-VERIFY
E-Verify is currently the best means available for employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. E-Verify virtually eliminates Social Security mismatch letters, improves the accuracy of wage and tax reporting, protects jobs for authorized U.S. workers, and helps U.S. employers maintain a legal workforce.
E-Verify works by allowing participating employers to electronically compare employee information taken from the Form I-9 (the paper-based employee eligibility verification form used for all new hires) against more than 449 million records in SSA's database and more than 80 million records in DHS immigration databases. Results are returned in seconds. Key enhancements in the program include a new Photo Screening Tool that helps employers to detect forged or faked immigration documents.
An employer who verifies work authorization under E-Verify has established a rebuttable presumption that it has not knowingly hired an unauthorized alien. Participation in the program does not provide a “safe harbor” from work site enforcement, however.
EMPLOYEES & E-VERIFY
Federal law requires that all employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new employees (including U.S. citizens) within three days of hire. Employees are required to complete the Form I-9, and employees must provide employers with documentation establishing both identity and eligibility to work in the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have established an electronic system called E-Verify to assist employers further in verifying the employment eligibility of all newly-hired employees. In short, through E-Verify, employers send information about you from your Form I-9 to SSA and DHS to ensure that you are authorized to work in the United States and that your name, Social Security Number, date of birth, citizenship status, and any other non-citizen information you provide your employer on the Form I-9 match government records. If your employer uses E-Verify, you as an employee have certain rights and responsibilities. Peak can provide a letter to any employee who successfully verifies their identity and employment eligibility screening.
PHOTO SCREENING TOOL
E-Verify's Photo Screening Tool is the beginning of biometric verification within the E-Verify system. This additional feature will be the first step in giving employers the tools they need to detect identity theft in the employment eligibility process.
The Photo Screening Tool feature allows an employer to check the photo on his or her new hire's Employment Authorization Document (EAD) or Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card") against the 14.8 million images stored in DHS immigration databases.
CONFIRM CITIZENSHIP STATUS
As of May 5, 2008, the E-Verify system includes naturalization data, which helps to instantly confirm the citizenship status of naturalized U.S. citizens hired by E-Verify employers. Naturalized citizens who have not yet updated their records with the Social Security Administration (SSA) are the largest category of work-authorized persons who initially face an SSA mismatch in E-Verify.
Additionally, a naturalized citizen who receives a citizenship mismatch with SSA can call USCIS directly to resolve the issue (in addition to the option of resolving the mismatch in person at any SSA field office). Peak will provide the documents to assist the employee in resolving any mismatch issues. There is a Social Security Administration field office within minutes from Peak's corporate office.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT & BACKGROUND CHECKS
As a client of Peak, in addition to our E-Verify services, you have access on a demonstrated legal basis to extensive databases that include searchable and cross-referenced public information on approximately 98% of the United States adult population. We utilize solutions and have access to research, databases and billions of records that are currently being used by government agencies, homeland security, the IRS, and law enforcement professionals such as the F.B.I., U.S. Marshals, D.E.A, and local police departments and sheriff's offices nationwide.
We perform background checks on individuals by SSN, DOB, name, address, license plate, VIN, cell/land-line phones, assets and criminal/civil court records, in order to confirm, validate and verify information.
PEAK IS AN E-VERIFY THIRD PARTY AGENT
As an E-Verify Third Party Agent, Peak is a liaison between E-Verify and those employers and Peak clients wishing to participate, but who choose to outsource submission of employment eligibility verification queries for newly hired employees. E-Verify Third Party Agents conduct the verification process for other employers/clients. Peak is registered and certified as an E-Verify Third Party Agent and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This approved (MOU) allows Peak to register employers/clients and begin performing verification services for any company or client.
Peak is a "Designated Agent" certified to act on your company's behalf in this process - saving you time, profit and sanity by:
Enrolling with Peak gives peace of mind that you are in compliance.
Federal law requires you to verify all new employees through the federal E-Verify system. You will receive all required postings plus updates on any new laws or changes which might affect your company regarding verification of employees' eligibility to work in the U.S.
Peak Verify Fees:
If you are a Peak client, a company, a certified professional that has a specific and legitimate need to confirm, validate or verify information for pre-employment, internal investigations or fraud prevention please give us a call. All calls and information are held in strict confidence and privacy.
Allow Peak to fulfill some of the contingent employment, direct hire/professional placement, employee screening, and HR functions on an outsourced basis and as needed that many small businesses have neither the time nor resources to allocate in these critical areas.
If you would like to learn more about being enrolled as one of our clients, please contact Peak at 706.228.7325 in Georgia and 877.228.7325 nationwide, or send us a message!
There is no obligation for inquiring.