Tuesday, September 01, 2009

E-Verify Regulations Upheld, New Verification Requirements to Begin September 8

A federal lawsuit filed last December, seeking to block implementation of federal regulations requiring verification of employee immigration status (reported here), has ended with a ruling in favor of the Department of Homeland Security.

As reported by FederalTimes.com,
"Judge Alexander Williams of the U.S. District Court for Maryland said in an Aug. 25 ruling that DHS didn’t break the law when it mandated that contractors use the system to check the employment status of their workers.

"The plaintiffs in the case, which include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, argued that the law authorizing E-Verify prohibited DHS from requiring any group to use E-Verify, a Web-based system employers can use to check personal information such as Social Security numbers to confirm their employees are legally able to work in the U.S.

"The court ruling paves the way for the implementation of the rule, which had been delayed since January because of the case. The rule fulfills a Bush administration executive order mandating that contractors use the system to verify employment status to prevent illegal immigrants from performing government work.

"Starting Sept. 8, new federal contracts worth more than $100,000 will include a clause requiring contractors to use E-Verify to certify the employment eligibility of any current employees who will work under the contract. The rule also requires contractors to use E-Verify to certify the eligibility of all new hires regardless of whether they’ll work on behalf of the government. Existing contracts lasting more than six months can be modified to add the requirement, but only if the contractor agrees"

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