Yakima ends E-Verify requirement for businesses

(Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com)

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakima officials have scrapped a measure that required businesses contracting with the city to use a federal electronic system that verifies if employees are eligible to work in the U.S.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Yakima City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to no longer require businesses to use E-Verify to screen their workers.

Some business owners told the council that the requirement stretched their limited resources by having to dedicate time and money to train staff to use the system.

Council member Dulce Gutierrez, who motioned to end the requirement, says using E-Verify is not mandated by the state or federal government.

City Manager Cliff Moore told the council that only four other cities in Washington state use E-Verify.