- This change has passed.
California: New limitations on an employer’s ability to verify an employee’s legal working status go into effect
January 1, 2017
On September 28, 2016, Gov. Brown signed a law amending state laws related to employers verifying the legal working status of employees. Specifically, the new changes make it unlawful for an employer to:
- request more of different documents from an employee related to their legal working status than required by federal law
- refuse to honor documents presented by employees to establish their legal working status that appear to be authentic on their face
- refuse to honor documents or other work authorization presented by employees to establish their legal working status based on the specific status or term of status that accompanies the authorization to work
- re-verify an active employee’s authorization to work
The penalty for violating these restrictions is up to $10,000.
For more information, read CA Senate Bill 1001.