Nicole Rice

Make sure you know how to comply with California’s new immigration-related obligations

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Jan. 19, 2018

As federal officials threaten increased immigration enforcement activities in California, CMTA is committed to ensuring manufacturers understand how to protect their employees and comply with a new state law that dictates how you can respond when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers (ICE) arrive at your worksite.

Effective January 1, 2018, AB 450 (Chapter 492, Statutes of 2017) prohibits all public and private employers from allowing ICE agents access to the non-public areas of your worksite unless they have a judicial warrant or voluntary access to employment records like I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification forms without a subpoena. Failure to do so will subject an employer to penalties of up to $5,000 for the first violation and up to $10,000 for subsequent violations.

Given that the spirit of AB 450 tackles an issue normally reserved for federal interpretation and enforcement, CMTA sought to eliminate confusion and assist manufacturers in compliance by hosting a webinar last year entitled Are you ready for California’s New Immigration Enforcement Law that featured guest attorney Jocelyn Campanaro from the law firm of Fisher & Phillips LLP discussing the impacts of AB 450 and how best to prepare to support your workforce and protect your operations.

To access this informative discussion, just click here and log-in as a guest. The powerpoint presentation referenced in the video can be found here.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently reminded California employers of his office’s intent to strictly enforce this new law. Manufacturers should make sure they fully understand their new responsibilities and seek legal counsel if they have any questions or concerns.

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