Sept. 8, 2009 is the anticipated first day federal contractors and subcontractors will be required to use the E-Verify system to confirm employment eligibility of newly-hired workers and existing employees directly working on qualifying federal contracts. E-Verify is a web-based system operated jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration, and it allows employers to compare information provided on the Form I-9 with federal government databases to verify workers' employment eligibility. Participation in the E-Verify program, however, does not absolve the employer of the requirements to complete and properly maintain Forms I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for every employee hired after Nov. 6, 1986.
While there has been an emergency injunction application filing to delay implementation of the Federal Contractor E-Verify Rule above, employers are advised to make plans for complying with the new rule since the injunction has not been granted as of the moment of this writing. We will continue to monitor this issue and provide updates as available.