"Over this past weekend, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law
Assembly Bill 1236 “the Employment Acceleration At of 2011,” which
effectively nullifies the growing patchwork of E-Verify laws,
requirements and ordinances which have sprouted up all over the state
during the past several years. Under the new law, neither the state of
California nor any of its cities, counties, or special districts can
require an employer (other than a government entity) to use E-Verify as a
condition of receiving a government contract, applying for or
maintaining a business license, or as a penalty for violating licensing
or other similar laws. It’s important to note that California employers
are still free to use E-Verify on a voluntary basis or as required by federal
contracts – this law merely prohibits California government agencies
(in all shapes and sizes) from forcing any employer to use E-Verify for
the reasons mentioned above."
John Fay, Oct. 10, 2011.