Ann Allott on Arizona and Illinois Laws (and Lawsuits) on Undocumented Workers

Ann Allott on Arizona and Illinois Laws (and Lawsuits) on Undocumented Workers

On July 2, 2007, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano (D) signed the Legal Arizona Workers Act, which prohibits employers from knowingly or intentionally hiring undocumented workers and attaches criminal penalties. It requires all employers to use what used to be called the Basic Pilot Program -- now "E-Verify" -- to determine employees legal status. It provides for business licenses to be revoked if employers knowingly or intentionally hire unauthorized workers. The law becomes effective January 1, 2008.

Ann Allott, a distinguished attorney who has written extensively on the employment of noncitizens, discusses some of the many recent state laws on hiring undocumented workers (a/k/a "illegal aliens") and the lawsuits against those statutes. She concentrates on the Legal Arizona Workers Act (Arizona Revised Statutes sections 23-111 to 214) and Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act (820 Ill. Comp. Stat. 55/12) and the related cases: Arizona Contractors Association, Inc. v. Napolitano and United States v. State of Illinois.

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