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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 20, 2017 02:57 PM
From: Representative John T. Galloway
To: All House members
Subject: E-Verify and Social Security Number Verification for Construction Industry Employers
In the near future, I plan on reintroducing HB 1881 of 2015 known as the Construction Industry Employment Verification Act.

I realize that many of you share my serious concern for employment and exploitation of unauthorized workers in Pennsylvania. My legislation was carefully crafted and honed in order to provide our state with an additional, legal and effective tool to ensure that private construction industry employers hire only individuals who are authorized to work in this country. I believe this is the logical next step for the Commonwealth to take, as four years ago E-Verify for public works was implemented and has proven to be a tremendous success.

My legislation would require employers in the private construction industry to verify that current employees are legally permitted to work in the United States through the use of the Social Security Number Verification System (NVS), and, additionally, verify new hires through the E-Verify Program (EVP). These systems are operated by the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, respectively.

Lastly, this proposal would set in place much needed penalties. In accordance with federal law these penalties are non-monetary, affecting licensing and debarment for willful violations.

Introduced as HB1340