E-Verify Mandatory for Federal Contractors
September 1, 2009
This is a reminder that all Federal Contractors are mandated to use E-Verify to confirm employee’s right to work status in the United States, effective September 8, 2009.
How to Comply
Employers must establish an account with the Department of Homeland Security by completing a Memorandum of Understanding. An account can be set up directly with DHS or through an approved channeling agent. Once the MOU has been approved, access to the E-Verify database will be activated. The employer must then have the employee complete an I-9 form and query the database within the first 48 hours of a new hire’s start date to determine if they have a legal right to work in the United States.
There are only two possible results of the query: Confirmation of the person’s legal right to work or a Tentative Non-Confirmation. In the event of a Tentative Non-Confirmation, employees are given 8 business days to resolve the issue with the Social Security Administration and, or DHS.