On April 8, 2009, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed into law a bill that will require public employers, state and local government contractors, and employers receiving certain state tax incentives to use E-Verify. The new law will take effect on October 1, 2009.

The Nebraska law limits applicability of the E-Verify requirement for government contractors to those contracts entered into on or after October 1, 2009. Those required to use E-Verify must use the system for new hires who physically perform services in the state.

The law will require use of E-Verify by employers receiving tax incentives under the Nebraska Advantage Rural Development Act, the Nebraska Advantage Act, the Nebraska Advantage Research and Development Act, and/or the Nebraska Advantage Microenterprise Tax Credit Act.

The law specifically contemplates expanding the E-Verify requirement to all Nebraska employers, requiring that the Nebraska Department of Labor report to the Nebraska Legislature no later than December 1, 2011 on the use of E-Verify by private employers.

The text of the new law is available here.