Florida’s E-Verify Mandate: A Guide for Employers

Attention Florida employers! A new law taking effect in 2024 could significantly impact your hiring practices. Senate Bill 1718 (SB1718) requires private employers with 25 or more employees to use E-Verify for all new hires.

Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know:

What is E-Verify?

E-Verify is a free online tool provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. It allows employers to electronically confirm the work authorization of new employees. Using E-Verify helps ensure a legal workforce and avoids potential penalties for hiring unauthorized workers.

Who is Affected by SB1718?


The law applies to all private employers in Florida with 25 or more employees who perform services within the state. This includes remote employees working from Florida for out-of-state companies.

What are the Penalties for Non-Compliance?

Failure to comply with E-Verify can result in significant fines. Starting July 1, 2024, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) can impose fines of $1,000 per day, along with license suspension, until employers demonstrate compliance.

What about the 25-Employee Threshold?

Confusion arose around the requirement for companies with employees in multiple states. The Florida Department of Revenue clarified that the 25-employee threshold applies only to employees performing services in Florida at the time of verification. This means companies with 25+ employees outside Florida are exempt from the E-Verify mandate.

Still Unsure? Get Expert Help!


Navigating new regulations can be tricky. Our team of experts is here to guide you through SB1718 compliance and answer any questions you may have. Don’t wait – contact us today at 855-535-0011 for a free consultation and ensure your business is ready for any upcoming changes going into the new year.