National Roofing Legal Resource Center

Legal Workforce Act reintroduced in the House

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has reintroduced the Legal Workforce Act (LWA), legislation to mandate use of the federal E-Verify program to electronically verify the employment status of new hires for nearly all employers. Under the bill, employers with more than 10,000 employees would need to begin using E-Verify within six months of enactment; employers with 500 to 9,999 employees would have one year to comply; employers with 20 to 499 employees would have 18 months; and employers with fewer than 20 employees would be given two years before they must begin using the program. The bill has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee several times in recent years but has never been voted on in the full House due to opposition from the agriculture industry, which opposes the bill unless it is coupled with a new guest worker program. The LWA is co-sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who is expected to schedule the bill for committee markup simultaneously with separate legislation establishing a guest worker program for the agriculture industry to clear a path for both to the House floor. NRCA and coalition partners worked with Smith to address numerous employer concerns with the LWA in past years, and NRCA is reviewing the new legislation.


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