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DGS announces new website to help state contractors comply with PA law requiring verification of employee citizenship. - (7/8/2013)

 The state Department of General Services on Wednesday announced it has launched a new website to assist contractors, subcontractors and state and local government bodies bidding public works projects in meeting the requirements of the Public Works Employment Verification Act, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

§  The act, which became law on July 5 this year, requires contractors and subcontractors working on public works projects to verify the employment eligibility of each new employee through the federal government’s E-Verify system.

§  The intent of the law is to prevent contractors using non-U.S. citizen employees from participating with public works projects. According to proponents of the law, E-Verify is a fast, free, highly accurate online system by which employers can quickly determine if potential employees are eligible to work in the United States.

§  The E-Verify system is based on Social Security numbers and can provide online proof of employability within minutes.

§  The new DGS website provides preliminary information including a draft copy of the Statement of Policy (scheduled for publication in the PA Bulletin on Dec. 29, 2012) outlining the department’s administration and enforcement of the act, the verification form required by the act and a link to the federal government’s E-Verify system.

§  This website can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=75bce2e261405110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=75bce2e261405110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD by clicking “Construction and Public Works” in the left navigation panel and then clicking on “Public works Employment Verification.” 

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