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E-Verify Challenge Dismissed By Federal Judge; Implementation Imminent For Federal Contractors Executive order 12989, which mandates that federal contractors use the E-Verify system to confirm employee work authorization, will be implemented as early as September 8, 2009. In a decision posted earlier this week, a federal judge cleared the way for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement the ruling, which had been previously challenged by a business group coalition. Once the rule is in place, contractors will have 90 to 120 days in most cases to enroll and begin using E-Verify.

The federal contractor rule will award federal contracts only to employers who use E-Verify, and extends use to an estimated 170,000 federal contractors and subcontractors, including those who receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.The E-Verify requirement applies to federal contracts with a performance period longer than 120 days and a value over $100,000. Service or construction subcontracts of a covered contract would also be required to include the E-Verify clause, if the value of the subcontract is over $3,000.

New I-9 Form Issued
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new version – dated August 7, 2009 – is available at http://www.uscis.gov/i-9. The new version contains no changes from the February 2, 2009 update, so the government will also continue to accept the February version.

Corporate Screening has been monitoring the status of the revised Form I-9 since April 2009. We will continue to keep you apprised of any further updates.

Questions? Visit the USCIS website or www.CorporateScreening.com, contact Corporate Screening Support at 800-229-8606 and select option 3, or contact your Account Representative.