Next step in Ga. E-Verify compliance begins

ATLANTA — More Georgia businesses will be required by state law to electronically check their workers' legal status as of Sunday.

The latest provision of Georgia's law targeting illegal immigrants says businesses with at least 100 but fewer than 500 employees must start using E-Verify, the online federal work authorization program that helps ensure new hires are eligible to work in the U.S.

Georgia Labor Department records show more than 5,600 employers of that size doing business across the state. Larger companies were required to begin using the program Jan. 1.

The state immigration law says companies with more than 10 but fewer than 100 workers will have to start using E-Verify a year from now on July 1, 2013.