Effective January 1, 2012, new laws in Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia have changed the way businesses operate in these states. The new controversial immigration law requires businesses to enroll in the federal E-Verify program to ensure that employees are eligible to work in the United States. If an employer fails to enroll in the E-Verify program, or is discovered employing illegal aliens, the business will be sanctioned.

Effective January 1, 2012, new laws in Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia have changed the way businesses operate in these states. The new controversial immigration law requires businesses to enroll in the federal E – Verify program to ensure that employees are eligible to work in the United States. If an employer fails to enroll in the E – Verify program, or is discovered employing illegal aliens, the business will be sanctioned. California, meanwhile, is prohibiting any state or local government office from requiring that employers use E – Verify, unless it is required by federal law as a condition of receiving federal funds. There are as many supporters as there are critics. Supporters claim it will avoid businesses unintentionally hiring illegal immigrants. Critics complain that it is expensive to operate, pushes undocumented workers further underground. Full article.

Despite being a “melting pot” and a land of opportunity, immigrants are not always well-treated when they come to the U.S. Immigrants are often passed over in the workplace despite Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 making it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/vii.html”www.eeoc.gov/policy/vii.html

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