On December 8 we notified you that the Department of Homeland Security had issued final rules requiring federal contractors to use E-Verify, effective January 15, 2009 (see news item). Working with several employer groups on a common lawsuit to block the rules, the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, of which McGuireWoods, LLP, is a member, has negotiated with the issuing FAR Council a suspension of these final rules until February 20, 2009. Notice should appear in the Federal Register next week.
Pending further notice, you may suspend all-out efforts to comply by January 15. In the meantime, you can use the time to prepare for using E-Verify. It is possible, however, that the incoming Administration will extend the suspension until a court can rule on a Motion for Summary Judgment which the Chamber and other employer groups plan to file. We will continue to inform you of developments.