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E-Verify added as requirement for businesses to operate here
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Nov 07, 2013 | 2096 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officials from the City of Gray and Jones County want business owners to have a heads-up about a new hurdle in place for obtaining business licenses next year.

The additional requirement is the result of the Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act and is known as E-Verify. That legislation was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal and is a tough expansion of Georgia’s existing immigration law.

State employers of more than 10 full-time workers must enroll in E-Verify.

The new requirement was brought to this reporter’s attention by Gray City Clerk Cindy Yancey. Zoning officer Tim Pitrowski, who handles business licenses for Jones County, said the same standards that apply in the city would also apply in the county.

An E-Verify number or an accepted exemption will be required to renew or receive a new business license or professional license for businesses with 10 or more full-time employees. This includes both the City of Gray and Jones County business licenses, also known as Occupation Tax Certificates, that will be up for renewal in January.

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