Starting in January, Georgia’s new immigration law requires companies with 500 workers or more to use the federal E-Verify system to ensure their employees can work here legally. Over the next year, smaller employers will be phased in in two waves. The online system checks eligibility with the Social Security Administration and the Bureau of Citizen and Immigration Services.
A Georgia Department of Agriculture survey has revealed a shortage in farm labor. But the question is, why aren't those jobs filled? The farmers surveyed report a need for 11,000 workers this year. That’s despite a state unemployment rate of 9.9 percent.