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Monday, November 2, 2009

E-Verify Extended Three Years

By: Tommy Eden, Attorney

On Oct. 28, 2009, President Obama signed H.R. 2892 which extended the expiration date for the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification program to Sept. 30, 2012. E-Verify is a free internet-based system, operated jointly by the federal Social Security Administration and the federal Department of Homeland Security, that permits participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of new hires. Recently, DHS's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has posted with instructions
a revised version of its E-Verify the Supplemental Guide for Federal Contractors.

Common Sense Counsel: If you are not using E-Verify for all you hiring decisions start doing so today. It does not matter if you are a federal contractor or not, it is free. As I have commented on many times in the past articles, it is the only get out of jail card offered by ICE.

Tommy Eden is a Lee County native, an attorney with the local office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP and a member of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and serves on the Board of Directors for the East Alabama SHRM Chapter. He can be contacted at or 334-246-2901. Blog at