County Executive Leopold Helps Educate Employers About Immigration Law
"E-Verify" system linked to County homepage
Annapolis, Maryland (August 28, 2008) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced today that he is adding training and resources for employers to verify the immigration status of their workers.
The County’s homepage now features a link to the federal "E-Verify" system. In addition, Billy Casper Golf, Inc. has agreed to provide up to $1,000 towards training seminars available to local businesses explaining how to use I-9 tax forms.
"These services are consistent with the balanced approach this administration has taken toward immigration," County Executive Leopold said. "We must crack down on employers who are not following the law while also extending a helping hand to those who are playing by the rules and workers who are striving to secure citizenship through proper legal channels."
E-Verify is a voluntary system for employers that is the best means available for determining employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. To register, simply go to the County HomePage and click on "County Immigration and Employment Compliance," under the "Quick Links" heading.
The page also includes a link to Executive Order 24 signed by County Executive Leopold on August 14, 2007, which requires all vendors doing business with the County to comply with federal immigration laws or risk termination of their contracts.
In a review by Anne Arundel County of personnel records maintained by Billy Casper Golf, Inc. it has been determined that documentation errors were made. The errors, however, did not rise to the level of terminating the management agreement for Compass Pointe and Eisenhower golf courses. Nevertheless, Billy Casper has agreed to conduct annual I-9 audits of the golf courses, as well as provide in-house training of its employees.