On June 30, 2012, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed legislation which will require public works contractors and subcontractors, on construction projects where the estimated cost is at least $25,000, to use E-Verify to determine whether their employees are authorized to work in the United States. Violators of the new law are subject to penalties, including fines of $250 to $1000, warnings, and debarment from working on public projects from 30 days to three years. The legislation is awaiting signature from Governor Corbett, who is expected to sign it. If signed, it will take effect January 1, 2013.
If signed, Pennsyvania would become the only Northeastern state to require E-Verify and the first to be implemented through legislation. Previously, Rhode Island had E-Verify through an Executive Order that required contractors, sub-contractors and vendors doing business with Rhode Island to use E-Verify for all new hires. But, Governor Chafee rescinded that Order in January 2011.
Check back after Governor Corbett signs the legislation for a more in-depth discussion of the new law.
Bruce E. Buchanan is an attorney at the at Nashville Office of Siskind Susser, P.C. He represents individuals and employers in all aspects of immigration law, with an emphasis on immigration compliance for employers, and employment/labor law. Mr. Buchanan received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1982 and a B.S. degree from Florida State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Buchanan has been in private practice since 2003. Beforehand, he served as Senior Trial Specialist for the National Labor Relations Board for 20 years. He also served from 1991 to 2003 as Adjunct Professor at William H. Bowen UALR School of Law, where he taught courses in Labor Law and Employment Law. Mr. Buchanan was chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Immigration Law Section from 2011 to 2012 and has been the editor of the TBA's Immigration Law Section Newsletter and the TBA's Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter since 2009. Mr. Buchanan is a frequent writer and speaker on immigration compliance as well as labor law, wage & hour law and proposed federal legislation. He is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves as the Advocacy Liaison of the Mid-South Chapter of AILA. Mr. Buchanan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) and is an associate member of the Mid-Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors. Mr. Buchanan is admitted to practice in Tennessee, Florida, and Arkansas, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and D.C. Circuits and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle District of Tennessee and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.