Employers Caught in Crosshairs of Immigration Debate – Understanding and Complying with the California Immigrant Worker Protection Act

Employment Law Commentary, Volume 30, Issue 3

March 2018
Newsletter

On October 5, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450), a new statute that imposes various prohibitions and requirements on California employers with regard to federal immigration enforcement actions in the workplace. The statute dictates that violations of AB 450 may result in thousands of dollars in penalties for an employer. Currently, the federal government is challenging the statute on preemption grounds. While AB 450’s future is uncertain, it remains in effect for now, placing California employers in the middle of the federal and California governments’ dispute over immigration policy.

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