Public Works Employment Verification Act Impacts Certain Projects Awarded by State and Local Governments in 2013

Public Works Employment Verification Act Impacts Certain Projects Awarded by State and Local Governments in 2013

February 22, 2013

Pennsylvania's General Assembly recently enacted the Public Works Employment Verification Act (the "Act" or "Verification Act") (43 P.S. §§ 167.1 et seq.), aimed at ensuring that contractors and subcontractors on public works projects within the Commonwealth comply with federal employment eligibility requirements. The Department of General Services ("DGS") has recently issued guidelines for administering and enforcing the Act; the guidelines are located at Title 4, Chapter 66 of the Pennsylvania Administrative Code.1 The Verification Act requires verification of citizenship or lawful immigration status, and affects contractors and subcontractors working on all qualifying public works projects executed after January 1, 2013 by state and local government units ― including counties, townships, boroughs, school districts, and authorities.

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