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On May 11, four SHRM members from HRA of Southern New Jersey traveled to Capitol Hill to conduct a series of meetings with their elected officials in their first Day Inside the Beltway (DITB) event. 

In conversations with the immigration staff in the offices of their two U.S. senators and their member of Congress, chapter members voiced their views of the current employment verification process and the need for the federal government to provide employers with a electronic verification system; one that is easy to use, provides accurate information, and that would replace the current paper-based I-9 system. 

During their meetings, they shared with congressional staff the pitfalls confronting employers with the paper-based system, and explored ways of enhancing the current E-Verify system currently administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Specifically, acknowledging with staff that E-Verify (in its current form) remains prone to identity theft, chapter members delved into the possibilities of building upon the newly-announced DHS pilot program called “Self Check” as a way of providing employers with an effective tool to verify the work-eligibility of new hires. 
SHRM’s DITB program provides a unique opportunity for members to help to “put a constituent face” to the positions SHRM is advancing on Capitol Hill. To learn more about how you too can become actively engaged in the political process, check out the links on the SHRM Advocacy/Get Involved Web page.

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