E-Verify creates concern

A new requirement to verify worker eligibility online has construction groups worried.

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Starting in September, contractors on federally funded projects will be required to verify the legal eligibility of their workers through E-Verify, an online database. While some groups have started using the database without a hitch, others think the system is flawed and could put them at risk.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on July 8 that her department would enforce an executive order mandating use of the E-Verify system starting Sept. 8. The department had delayed putting the rule into effect as it looked at some of the concerns about the system, which is presently optional in Oregon.

“We don’t think the database is mature enough to meet the requirements it’s asked to do,” said Mike Salsgiver, president of the Oregon-Columbia chapter of Associated General Contractors.

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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