|Posted:||January 28, 2022 04:23 PM|
|From:||Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Public Works E-Verify Enforcement|
|In the near future I will be introducing legislation to amend the Public Works Verification Act that strengthens the requirement that public contractors and subcontractors use the federal E-Verify system for new hires. The E-Verify system allows employers to verify that their employees are authorized to work in the United States.
Under my legislation, public contractors and subcontractors who are already required to use E-Verify in Pennsylvania would have to submit proof of registration in the federal E-Verify system, along with the verification form required by current law in order to apply for a contract. In addition, this legislation would increase the penalties for contractors and subcontractors who fail to utilize the federal E-Verify system, including increased debarment periods from securing a public contract, and increased fines based on contract amount for those who fail to submit or lie on the verification form.
The Department of General Services (DGS), who is already charged with enforcing this Act, would also oversee that public contractors and subcontractors comply with these requirements. DGS would also be required to acknowledge the complaints received and notify the complainant if enough information is not provided for an investigation. Finally, public contractors and subcontractors would reimburse DGS for the cost of an audit if they are found to be in violation of the law.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.
Introduced as HB2334