E-Verify Rules for Federal Contractors Officially in Effect

After a series of delays, the rules that require many federal contractors to utilize the E-Verify system to verify eligibility to work is in full force and effect as of September 9, 2009.  See:  http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm#2 

According to a publication from the Department of Homeland Security:

  • E-Verify is a free, Internet-based system operated by DHS in partnership with the Social Security Administration. E-Verify allows participating employers to electronically verify their employees’ employment authorization. Results are returned online within seconds.
  • E-Verify is the best method for employers to verify the employment authorization of their employees. E-Verify: Virtually eliminates Social Security mismatch letters; Improves the accuracy of wage and tax reporting; Protects jobs for authorized workers; and Helps U.S. employers maintain a legal workforce.
  • More than 96 percent of E-Verify verification queries receive immediate employment authorization. Employees who do not receive instant authorization and choose to correct their government records to confirm their employment authorization must be allowed to continue to work during this process.

For more information on the use of E-Verify for federal contractors, see:  http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0910-federalcontractors.pdf

ESR is authorized to act as a designated agent for employers to process E-Verify requests.  For more information, contact ESR customer service.  For more informatin on ESR E-Verify and I-9 services, see:  http://www.esrcheck.com/formi9.php