DHS strengthens employment verification, contractors must use E-Verify

Federal contractors have about six weeks left to start using the government’s E-Verify system to check employee work authorization.

On July 8, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the Administration’s support for a regulation that will award federal contracts only to employers who use E-Verify.

“E-Verify is a smart, simple and effective tool that reflects our continued commitment to working with employers to maintain a legal workforce,” said Secretary Napolitano.

“Requiring those who seek federal contracts to use this system will create a more reliable and legal workforce. The rule complements our department’s continued efforts to strengthen immigration law enforcement and protect critical employment opportunities. As Senator Schumer and others have recognized, we need to continue to work to improve E-Verify, and we will.” (DHS press release)

E-Verify is the free web-based system operated by DHS in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that compares employee information from the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) against federal databases to verify workers’ employment eligibility.

Starting on September 8, 2009, the federal contractor rule will extend the use of the E-Verify system to all covered federal contractors and subcontractors, including those who receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

Read the full DHS press release for more information.

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