Webinar to Examine New E-Verify Regulations for Federal Construction Contractors

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Newly implemented e-verification regulations have federal construction contractors asking questions about what it means for their future on federal projects. WPL Publishing is partnering with construction law experts from Les, Morrison, Rinker & Baker on Dec. 17 to present a new webinar that spells out what these updated requirements mean for the construction industry and its workforce.

New e-verification regulations are now mandatory to ensure federal contractors have a legal and authorized workforce. Failure to comply with the new rules can detrimentally affect a contractor's chances of being awarded future government contracts. To help contractors and subcontractors avoid this problem, WPL Publishing Co. Inc. will host a webinar offering guidance on how to enroll and initiate the verification process to protect organizations from lost revenue.

WPL has partnered with Jonathan DeMella, James Nagle and Ranea Saade, all of Oles, Morrison, Rinker & Baker, for an interactive webinar entitled, "Understanding Mandatory New E-Verify Requirements for Federal Contractors." To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/e-verifyrequirements.

This 90-minute webinar, scheduled for 1 p.m. (EST) on Thurs., Dec. 17, will offer guidance to contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, and other parties that work on federal government construction projects and will cover the option of verifying all employees versus only those employees assigned to federal contract work.

All federal contracts awarded after Sept. 8, 2009, are subject to mandatory new e-verification requirements for certain employees and independent contractors. The updated regulations were designed to improve accuracy of wage and tax reporting and to guarantee a legal workforce on all federal projects. Failure to comply could result in suspension or debarment, adverse performance assessment, and termination for default and damages.

The seminar is designed to save those covered by the requirements time by distilling the applicable regulations, executive orders and agency guidance to key requirements necessary to successfully and efficiently enroll in E-Verify and begin the verification process for subject employees.

Some of the issues covered in the webinar include:

  • How to enroll and initiate the verification process
  • The most controversial and misunderstood parts of the new rules
  • The professed benefits of e-verify
  • Why prime and subcontractors should work together to ensure compliance
  • Whether there is a need to e-verify self-employed and independent contractors
  • How to deal with existing contracts and employees
  • Money allocated for E-verify over the next three years as part of the Department of Homeland Security appropriations package that was signed by President Obama

In addition, a 10-to-15 minute period has been reserved at the end of the panelist presentation for an interactive question-and-answer session so webinar participants may discuss specific issues or gain additional knowledge about topics presented. To register for the webinar and to learn more, visit http://tinyurl.com/e-verifyrequirements.

DeMella has considerable experience assisting contractors involved in disputes with the federal government and has counseled clients in many areas of construction and government contract law.

Nagle teaches a course on government contract law for the Educational Services Institute on behalf of George Washington University and has taught government contracts classes for the University of Washington and Seattle University.

Saade routinely represents employers in various employment law matters, including drafting, revising and enforcing employee manuals, non-compete/non-solicitation agreements and employment contracts.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces four construction newsletters: Construction Project Controls & BIM Report (http://www.projectcontrols.com), Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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