PA Law Expands E-Verify in the Construction Industry

H.B. 1170, the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act (the Act) recently passed by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, will require all construction-industry employers to verify all new hires in E-Verify. The E-Verify program, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is an internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.  The state already requires E-Verify to be used on publicly funded construction projects. The Act now makes the law statewide for the entire industry. The Act is effective on October 6, 2020.

Under the Act, the “construction industry” is defined as anyone engaged in the erection, reconstruction, demolition, alteration, modification, custom fabrication, building, assembling, site preparation, and repair work or maintenance done on real property or premises under a contract, including work for a public body or work paid for from public funds. “Construction industry employer” is defined as “an individual, entity or organization in the construction industry, which transacts business in the Commonwealth and employs at least one employee in the Commonwealth.” The term construction industry employer includes a staffing agency that supplies workers to a construction industry employer.

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