The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted Act 127 of 2012, known as the Public Works Employment Verification Act (‘the Act’) which requires all public work contractors and subcontractors to utilize the Federal Government’s E-Verify system to ensure that all employees performing work on public work projects are authorized to work in the United States.
The Department defines a “Public Work” to be construction, reconstruction, demolition, alteration and/or repair work other than maintenance work, done under contract and paid for in whole or in part out of the funds of a public body where the estimated cost of the total project is in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) but shall not include work performed under a rehabilitation or manpower training program.
The Department of General Services’ Public Works Employment Verification Compliance Program is responsible for the administration, education and enforcement of the Public Works Employment Verification Act 127 of 2012. It provides contractors and subcontractors with educational outreach, conducts investigations when complaints are received and random audits to ensure compliance with the requirements of this Act.
Please direct your questions to the Public Works Employment Verification Compliance Office
Mail: Department of General Services Public Works
Employment Verification Compliance Office
Room 105 Tent Bldg.
18th & Herr Streets
Harrisburg, PA 17125
Statement of Policy as published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, December 29, 2012, and effective January 1, 2013.
Public Works Employment Verification Form
Public Works Employment Verification Complaint Form
Public Works Employment Verification Act Notice and Appeal Procedure Guidelines
Overview Presentation of the Public Works Employment Verification Act
Frequently Asked Questions
Click Here to visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Employment Verification web site
EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH SESSIONS
Informational sessions will be held at the following locations for any parties interested in learning more about the Public Works Employment Verification processes and requirements:
- Thursday, March 28, 2013, 10:00AM to Noon, in the Corporate Board Room, 1st Floor Arsenal Building, DGS Public Works Complex, 18th and Herr Streets, Harrisburg, PA
- Thursday, April 18, 2013, 11:30AM to 1:30PM, in the A-6 Auditorium, 3170 William Pitt Way, Pittsburgh, PA, 15238. (Please Note: Attendees should park in the Visitor's Parking Section and will need to sign in at the Guard Station)
- Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 11:00AM, 801 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107. (Please note: Entrance to this building is on 8th street across from Ross Department Store and you will need to sign in upon entering the building)