It seems like just a couple days ago that we reported that implementation of the E-Verify System was delayed until June 30. Actually, it was a couple days ago. Well, you can forget that; the The Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that it will delay mandatory use of E-Verify, this time until September 8, 2009. Click here to read the USCIS’s press release on the delay.
Why the delay? For once, it’s okay to blame the lawyers: the parties in a lawsuit over the legality of E-Verify, Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, et al. v. Napolitano, agreed to delay implementation of the rule from June 30 until September 8 to give the Obama administration more time to review the case and determine its position. Initially, federal contractors were supposed to start using E-Verify on January 15, but the rule has been postponed, and postponed, and postponed again. Keep watching the Stoel Rives World of Employment’s continuing e-verify coverage to see if the new September 8 date will stick, or whether there will be more delays.