- Written by Jizell Lopez
It’s official. Governor Jerry Brown has signed all the legislative bills for the 2017 legislative year. There are several new laws that employers should be aware of and should be prepared to implement by January 1, 2018. We have previously reported on several of these bills, and we have compiled a list for ease of reference.
AB 450: “Immigration Worker Protection Act”
AB 450 will essentially take away an employer’s ability to voluntarily consent to ICE performing audits. The bill makes it clear that it does not override federal law and that employers must act in compliance with a subpoena or court order presented by ICE.
As of the effective date, January 1, 2018, employers will be prohibited from voluntarily consenting to immigration enforcement agents entering nonpublic areas of the workplace without a warrant. Additionally, employers will be prohibited from voluntarily consenting to immigration enforcement agents accessing, reviewing, or obtaining employment records without a subpoena or court order. Not only will employers be prohibited from providing voluntary consent, employers will be required to provide notice to current employees of an inspection of Form I-9 within 72 hours of receiving a federal Notice of Inspection. Penalties for non-compliance range from $2,000 to $5,000 for an initial violation and $5,000 to $10,000 for subsequent violations. For more information regarding this bill, see our previous post here.
- Written by Rebecca Hause-Schultz and Hannah Fortin
On Wednesday, Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s Agricultural Guestworker Act (“AG Act”) passed the House Judiciary Committee. The two-day hearing was full of passionate argument on all sides, but ended in a close vote of 17-16. We previously reported on some of the details of this proposed H-2C program here, but the passed AG Act contains several notable changes: