The effective date for the final rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to begin using E-Verify has been pushed back to June 30, 2009. This is the third time the rule has been suspended: the first was in December 2008 in response to a lawsuit filed by the US Chamber of Commerce (see our January 2009 Immigration Alert), and the second time was in February 2009 to give the Obama Administration an opportunity to review the rule (see our February 2009 Immigration Alert).

The final rule, which implements a presidential order by former President Bush, requires all federal contractors and some subcontractors to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees and all employees working on federal contracts. For a full summary of the final rule, please see our December 2008 Immigration Alert.

This latest extension gives the Administration a better opportunity to review the final rule in its entirety prior to its application to federal contractors and subcontractors.