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Florida Gov. Rick Scott clarifies state E-Verify policy

One of Rick Scott’s first acts as governor was to sign an executive order requiring that all state agencies — and all companies that enter contracts with state agencies — use E-Verify to check the employment elligibility of their workers. #

On May 27, Scott quietly issued another executive order, 11-116 (.pdf), which supersedes the one signed in January, 11-02 (.pdf). #

Spokesman Lane Wright said the new order aims to clarify the original directive, to make sure that E-Verify is used in accordance with federal guidelines, some of which are intended to prevent discrimination against certain contractors. #

The new order appears to keep the requirement largely intact, but clarifies that subcontractors have to verify the employment status of new employees hired while the state contracts are in effect. The original wording covered “all persons (including subcontractors) assigned by the contractor to perform work pursuant to the contract with the state agency.” #

The Department of Homeland Security explains on its website that in most cases, the use of E-Verify is “limited to determining the employment eligibility of new hires only.” #

The new order also adds the stipulation that the E-Verify mandate for contractors applies only to contracts “for the provision of goods and services to the state in excess of nominal value.” #

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