On Behalf of the NAHB, Ivory Homes’ Representative Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee on E-Verify and Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Utah’s first representative of the NAHB, Chris Gamvroulas, President of Ivory Development talks in support of the E-Verify system and comprehensive immigration reform.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Chris Gamvroulas, President of Development for Ivory Homes, testified before the House Judiciary Committee February 27th at a hearing on how E-Verify works and how it benefits American employers and workers. Gamvroulas is Utah’s first representative for the National Association of Home Builders in over 10 years.
To ensure that Ivory Homes only employs individuals authorized to work in the United States, they use the E-Verify employment verification system. The company also contracts with a third-party who performs background checks on prospective employees to help ensure workplace safety and integrity. In 2010, the state of Utah imposed a requirement that all employers with 15 or more employees must register with and use E-Verify.
The law itself simply requires an employer to input an employee’s identification data online, which is then matched with U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration’s records. If there is a mismatch, E-Verify immediately notifies the employer, and the employer is then required by law to provide particular information about the employee’s rights to resolve the mismatch. It is then incumbent upon the employee to choose whether to contest the mismatch with the federal government within the next ten work days.
Since 2010, Ivory Homes has processed approximately 320 employees through E-Verify. In all that time, they have only had two hires who received tentative non-confirmations, neither of whom protested the mismatches. “On the whole, we have found E-Verify to be an efficient and effective system. Generally speaking, the system is easy to use and has the potential for very quick turn-around,” stated Gamvroulas. “The implementation of the system has not been without its problems; however, none of them has proven to be impossible to overcome.”
Ivory Homes has been Utah’s largest homebuilder since 1990. For more information, contact Ivory Homes’ corporate office at 978 Woodoak Lane, Salt Lake City, UT 84117, call 801-747-7000, visit the website at www.ivoryhomes.com or check out the YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ivoryhomes.
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