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(820 ILCS 55/12)
Use of Employment Eligibility Verification Systems.
(a) Prior to choosing to voluntarily enroll in any Electronic Employment Verification
System, including the E-Verify program and the Basic Pilot program, as authorized by 8 U.S.C.
1324a, Notes, Pilot Programs for Employment Eligibility Confirmation (enacted by P.L. 104-208, div. C, title IV, subtitle A), employers are urged to consult the Illinois Department of Labor's website for current information on the accuracy of E-Verify and to review and understand an employer's legal responsibilities relating to the use of the voluntary E-Verify program.
(a-1) The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) shall post on its website information or
links to information from the United States Government Accountability Office, Westat, or a similar
reliable source independent of the Department of Homeland Security regarding: (1) the accuracy
of the E-Verify databases; (2) the approximate financial burden and expenditure of time that use
of E-Verify requires from employers; and (3) an overview of an employer's responsibilities under
federal and state law relating to the use of E-Verify.
(b) Upon initial enrollment in an Employment Eligibility Verification System or within
30 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, an
employer enrolled in E-Verify or any other Employment Eligibility Verification System must
attest, under penalty of perjury, on a form prescribed by the IDOL available on the IDOL website:
(1) that the employer has received the Basic Pilot or
E-Verify training materials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and that all employees who will administer the program have completed the Basic Pilot or E-Verify Computer Based Tutorial (CBT); and
(2) that the employer has posted the notice from DHS
indicating that the employer is enrolled in the Basic Pilot or E-Verify program and the anti-discrimination notice issued by the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice in a prominent place that is clearly visible to both prospective and current employees. The employer must maintain the signed original of the attestation form prescribed by the IDOL, as well as all CBT certificates of completion and make them available for inspection or copying by the IDOL at any reasonable time.
(c) It is a violation of this Act for an employer enrolled in an Employment Eligibility Verification System, including the E-Verify program and the Basic Pilot program:
(1) to fail to display the notices supplied by DHS
and OSC in a prominent place that is clearly visible to both prospective and current employees;
(2) to allow any employee to use an Employment
Eligibility Verification System prior to having completed CBT;
(3) to fail to take reasonable steps to prevent an
employee from circumventing the requirement to complete the CBT by assuming another employee's E-Verify or Basic Pilot user identification or password;
(4) to use the Employment Eligibility Verification
System to verify the employment eligibility of job applicants prior to hiring or to otherwise use the Employment Eligibility Verification System to screen individuals prior to hiring and prior to the completion of a Form I-9;
(5) to terminate an employee or take any other
adverse employment action against an individual prior to receiving a final nonconfirmation notice from the Social Security Administration or the Department of Homeland Security;
(6) to fail to notify an individual, in writing, of
the employer's receipt of a tentative nonconfirmation notice, of the individual's right to contest the tentative nonconfirmation notice, and of the contact information for the relevant government agency or agencies that the individual must contact to resolve the tentative nonconfirmation notice;
(7) to fail to safeguard the information contained in
the Employment Eligibility Verification System, and the means of access to the system (such as passwords and other privacy protections). An employer shall ensure that the System is not used for any purpose other than employment verification of newly hired employees and shall ensure that the information contained in the System and the means of access to the System are not disseminated to any person other than employees who need such information and access to perform the employer's employment verification responsibilities.
(c-1) Any claim that an employer refused to hire, segregated, or acted with respect to
recruitment, hiring, promotion, renewal or employment, selection for training or apprenticeship,
discharge, discipline, tenure or terms, privileges, or conditions of employment without following
the procedures of the Employment Eligibility Verification System, including the Basic Pilot and
E-Verify programs, may be brought under paragraph (G)(2) of Section 2-102 of the Illinois
Human Rights Act.
(c-2) It is a violation of this Section for an individual to falsely pose as an employer in
order to enroll in an Employment Eligibility Verification System or for an employer to use an
Employment Eligibility Verification System to access information regarding an individual who is
not an employee of the employer.
(d) Preemption. Neither the State nor any of its political subdivisions, nor any unit of local government, including a home rule unit, may require any employer to use an Employment Eligibility Verification System, including under the following circumstances:
(1) as a condition of receiving a government contract;
(2) as a condition of receiving a business license; or
(3) as penalty for violating licensing or other
This subsection (d)
is a denial and limitation of home rule powers and functions under subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 95-138, eff. 1-1-08; 96-623, eff. 1-1-10; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)