Hiring Impacts During Government Shutdown

 January 20, 2018

TO:  Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and Managers
FROM:  Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President of Administration, Emergency Coordinator
RE:  Hiring Impacts During Government Shutdown

With the shutdown of the federal government on Saturday, several agencies and services will be temporarily unavailable, including E-verify, which is used to determine the eligibility of new employees to work in the United States.

The temporary impact is similar to what all employers experienced in 2013. Although the new hire process will be slightly modified, our ability to hire new faculty and staff will continue unabated.

Duke will continue to keep a record of I-9 forms for new employees hired during the shutdown. Hiring may continue at Duke during this time. Employees hired during this period will go through the E-verify system once it is reinstated, and any eligibility issues will be addressed at that time.

However, the temporary and permanent labor certification function at the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) will cease processing applications entirely, and associated personnel will not be available to respond to inquiries until the office reopens.

For the latest updates on the impact of the federal government shutdown, visit Duke’s Office of Federal Relations website.