On June 8, 2010 the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed two bills that would require state contractors and construction employers to use the federal government's E-Verify system for employment eligibility of all new hires. E-Verify is a free Internet-based system that allows employers to determine a worker's eligibility to work in the United States, by comparing the Social Security numbers submitted by applicants against records maintained by the Social Security Administration. House Bill 1502 would require all state contractors to use E-Verify, and House Bill 1503 would mandate that all private employers in the construction industry use the federal program.
E-Verify has been the subject of controversy, with opponents and supporters sharply divided on the effectiveness of the system and privacy issues. If these bills are enacted into law, Pennsylvania would join thirteen other states that currently have E-Verify requirements for certain employers. All of these states, and the bills passed by the Pennsylvania House, specifically target projects funded with public monies and employers in the construction industry.
Cohen Seglias will continue to monitor the progress of this pending legislation and update you on any new developments. Please contact Marc Furman, Chair of Cohen Seglias' Labor & Employment Group at (215) 564-1700 or email@example.com if you have any questions.