E-Verify Update

In previous posts we’ve been following the evolution of the E-Verify program and today I’d like to post an update on this program.

Beginning on September 8, 2009 (less than a week away folks) a new federal rule will require general contractors AND subcontractors – including those who are receiving American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to use the E-Verify program.

At this time a July 1, 2010 compliance deadline is anticipated for businesses with more than 30 employees, if the businesses plan to work on state-funded projects.

From what I understand penalties can be harsh for non-compliance, violators can be fined $1,000 to $10,000 and be put in jail for 1-5 years.  Additionally, contractors will loose ALL government contracts for up to three years and possibly loose business permits and licensing.

The E-Verify system was implemented and is enforced by the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Immigration Services with the Help of the Social Security Administration.

If you haven’t signed up, and you want to continue to work on Federal/State-funded construction projects, you’d better “get going”.  Visit the E-Verify section of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website at https://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=75bce2e261405110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=75bce2e261405110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD