The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland upheld the legality of a federal regulation that will require many federal government contractors to use the E-Verify system to verify the employment eligibility of new hires, as well as certain existing employees. The regulation requires a new E-Verify clause to be included in certain federal contracts awarded or solicited on or after September 8, 2009. In a departure from the voluntary E-Verify, employers that are a party to a contract (or subcontract) containing this E-Verify clause will be required to use E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires and all employees who perform work directly under the contract.

Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v. Janet Napolitano, Civil Action No. AW-08-3444 (D. Maryland M.D.) See Regulation 73 Fed. Reg. 67,651 (November 14, 2008).

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