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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Add "E-Verify" to the list of services unavailable during the government shutdown. The internet-based system that checks if you're legal to work in the U.S. isn't accessible because it is federally funded.

Garber Construction Company owner Cheryl Garber said state and government agencies require them to use E-Verify within three days of hiring an employee. Wednesday, the director of the Alabama Personnel Department said that rule is now suspended

The I-9 form is sufficient during the shutdown.

"We go ahead and ask for the documents before E-Verify ever kicked in," said Garber. "So, if I had a question about someone's documentation, I just wouldn't hire the person."

The I-9 form requires two forms of identification like a license and passport. Garber said she will still make hires as needed and likely double-check the employee using E-Verify when it is back up and running.

Madison Mayor Troy Trulock said employers shouldn't be discouraged. He said maintaining jobs and our economy remains priority number one.

"Although the federal government may decide to shut down, we are going to keep the state of Alabama rolling forward," said Trulock.

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