A court ruling has upheld the Federal Contractor Rule requiring the use of E-Verify by government contractors and subcontractors, paving the way for the implementation of the rule – which had been delayed four times since January – on September 8, 2009.

As reported on FederalTimes.com, a federal court in Maryland upheld an impending regulation that would require government contractors to certify the employment eligibility of their workers using the Department of Homeland Security ’s (DHS) E-Verify, a Web-based system employers can use to check personal information such as Social Security numbers to confirm their employees are legally able to work in the United States.

FederalTimes.com reported that the August 25 court ruling in Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, et al. v. Janat Napolitano, et al. states that the DHS did NOT break the law when it mandated that contractors use the E-Verify system to check the employment status of their workers. Starting September 8, the rule requires that new federal contracts worth more than $100,000 will include a clause requiring contractors to use E-Verify on current employees who will work under the contract, and also require contractors to use E-Verify on all new hires regardless of whether they will work on behalf of the government, FederalTimes.com reported.

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