Road Commission votes to implement an e-verify policy for business contracts

On Thursday, Dec. 16, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) voted to implement the Federal E-Verify Program that allows employers to verify that employees are eligible to work in the United State. Oakland County has already adopted E-verify as part of its procurement policy.

The E-verification program allows employers, including the RCOC, to verify employment eligibility when hiring new employees and to confirm that new contracts entered into with service consultants/vendors doing business with the RCOC comply with immigration laws. The E-verify policy for the RCOC will go into effect on March 1, 2011 potentially making the RCOC the only Michigan Road Commission to have implemented such as policy in the state.

Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad worked very closely with the Road Commission for Oakland County to implement the E-verification program. He has been a strong advocate for E-verify since being elected to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners in 2008.

As result of his work, Oakland County government has an E-verification policy in place due to his efforts on the issue which made E-verification a requirement this past summer when his E-verify resolution was adopted by the Board of Commissioners this year.

"I commend the Road Commission for Oakland County for implementing the E-verify policy, to ensure that potential business partners are hiring legal workers, when seeking vendors for future county contracts. This is an example of responsible government and shows respect for taxpayers' money," stated Runestad.

He has been successful in implementing the E-verification program in Oakland County which is a requirement for all businesses, contractors, and subcontractors, doing business with the county to use the Federal E-Verify program to demonstrate that they are employing only legal workers. He has rallied legislators in Lansing to pass E-verify bills HB 4969 and HB 4355, which he feels will protect Michigan's legal workers.

Runestad has fought for American jobs at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing. He wants to make certain that all Michigan businesses follow the United States Immigration Laws by participating in the Federal E-verification program.

E-verify is an Internet-based, free program operated by the Federal Government that compares information from an employee's Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 to data from United States government records.

Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad is a republican, who represents the communities of White Lake and Waterford townships in District #6. He is completing his first term as an Oakland County Commissioner and will begin his second term January 5, 2011.

Published: Tue, Dec 28, 2010