How Much Did Last Month's Government Shutdown Impact Employers Looking to Do Background Checks?

By Michael Klazema on 11/4/2013
Hiring managers trying to use E-Verify, the government internet service that allows employers to "quickly verify the eligibility of their new employees to work in the United States," were treated to anything but quick service last month when the government shutdown also put certain employee screening procedures on hold.

From September 30 to October 17, government employees were furloughed across the board, and while workers in the private sector were mostly allowed to carry on with their normal day-to-day lives, hiring manager looking to vet new employees and run background checks through the federal government had to deal with the lack of services as well.

It is not immediately clear how much the E-Verify downtime impacted private sector employers. Linda McKay, a Missouri employer, expressed her dissatisfaction in E-Verify to her local NBC branch, explaining how the shutdown left her feeling like she was taking shots in the dark by trying to vet new employees without concrete background check information. She said that her company was doing its best to obey hiring laws and avoid discrimination, all while hoping that no trouble would arise due to insufficient employee screening.


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