Another delay for implementation of the mandatory E-Verify system: The Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that it will delay mandatory use of E-Verify until May 21, 2009. Click here to read DHS’s press release. Why the delay? The Obama Administration wants additional time to review this and other rules that carried over from the Bush era.
As previously reported in the Stoel Rives World of Employment, President Bush’s executive order would have made using E-Verify mandatory starting January 15, 2009 for federal contractors with projects exceeding $100,000 and for sub-contractors with projects exceeding $3,000. A coalition of employer’s groups sued, seeking an injunction against the rule. Because of the lawsuit, the effective date of the new rule had previously been delayed until February 20, 2009.