Action by the new Presidential administration has helped the cause of those seeking a delay. Numerous employment law and regulatory deadlines put into action by the Bush Administration during its final months were postponed recently. Chief of Staff of the White House, Rahm Emmanuel, put out a memo urging federal agencies to take an additional 60 or 90 days to review all of those policies. The intention was to insure that the policies would be consistent with the standards of President Barack Obama.
The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) has successfully petitioned the Obama administration to delay implementation of a law requiring some employers to use E-Verify when checking on new employees’ immigration and work status.
SHRM’s director of government affairs, Mike Aitken, said the human resources professionals’ organization is hoping that the Obama team’s delay “signals an interest, on the part of the government, to re-evaluate the rule.” According to the rules approved under the Bush administration, contractors would be required to use E-Verify to insure that any employees on federal projects were legally allowed to work in the U.S.
The original date for plan compliance was January 1, 2009. The new deadline is May 21, 2009.
Mr. Aitken said the SHRM was concerned (more…)