Rules + Regs

California immigration law may create challenges for employers

A new California law aimed at curbing immigration enforcement took effect Jan. 1 and could cause problems for employers.

Signed into law Oct. 5, 2017, A.B. 450 limits the circumstances under which employers can respond to requests for documents and physical access to nonpublic areas in connection with immigration enforcement. Additionally, the law requires notice to employees and their labor unions if the government will audit an employer's I-9 employment eligibility verification forms, and employers may not recheck a worker's employment eligibility unless required to do so by federal law.

Critics say real-world implementation of the law could be an issue and potentially burdensome for employers. Others say it's difficult to predict the effects of the law, but employers will have to understand their rights under the law and train staff involved with immigration compliance.