By Roger Tsai
May 27, 2011
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Legal Arizona Workers Act, which requires employers in that state to use E-Verify, an online tool employers can use to verify the immigration status of new hires. The Arizona law also allows state authorities to suspend or revoke employer business licenses for knowingly employing undocumented immigrant workers.
The Supreme Court’s decision will likely encourage state legislatures to pass more immigration related laws. Utah, Arizona, Mississippi and South Carolina currently mandate the use of E-Verify by all employers. Other states such as South Carolina and Arizona have created state Immigrant Worker Compliance Offices to investigate and fine employers who employ undocumented workers.
Employers who are interested in learning more about immigration compliance are invited to attend a two-hour Holland & Hart seminar in Las Vegas on June 26. Speakers will include Immigration and Customs Enforcement auditors and E-Verify administrators. Additional details will follow. Please contact us with questions.