Another victory for E-Verify supporters: A second lawsuit challenging last week’s requirement that government contractors use the system was thrown out by a federal court.
After much delay, a requirement that most federal contractors use E-Verify to check the legality of new hires (and current employees assigned to government contracts) went into effect on September 8.
Shortly before, a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit from business groups arguing that the government had no authority to make E-Verify mandatory.
Just after the rule went into effect, a similar suit (Chamber of Commerce of the USA v. Napolitano) met the same fate.
The rule applies to companies with contracts lasting more than 120 days, valued at more than $120,000 and involving work done in the United States.
Those companies not already using E-Verify will have to:
- enroll in the program within 30 days of being awarded the contract
- start verifying all new hires within 90 days of enrollment
- verify existing employees who are assigned to work on the contract, and
- continue using E-Verify for the duration of the contract.