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Court Validates Government's Right To Require Federal Contractors To Use Online System To Verify Employment Eligibility of New Hires

Federal contractors must start using the federal government's online E-Verify electronic program to verify the immigration eligibility for newly hired and current employees as of September 8, 2009.  The United States Chamber of Commerce and a number of other plaintiffs challenged the directive that implemented this program, first issued under Presidential Executive Order 13464 by former President George Bush and subsequently implemented by President Barack Obama.  

In a court opinion issued August 26, 2009, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division, overruled the Chamber of Commerce and upheld the presidential directive to use the electronic system instead of the current paper-based Form I-9 system.  The I-9 Form expired June 30, 3009, but remains valid to use for other employers.

The E-Verify program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration, is required for all federal prime contracts in excess of $100,000 and all subcontracts in excess of $3,000 for new contracts awarded after September 8, 2009.  The directive also applies to all current employees working on an existing federal contract that falls within these monetary guidelines once the contract is amended to include an E-Verify clause. The online, electronic system is voluntary for all other employers, public and private. 

Additional information about E-Verify is available on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service's website in its frequently asked questions section.  The USCIS is a division of the Department of Homeland Security.  According to the website, "Based on the information provided by the employee on his or her Form I-9, E-Verify checks this information electronically against records contained in DHS and Social Security Administration databases."

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