In the first quarter of 2011, 26 states enacted 63 laws and adopted 78 resolutions relating to immigrants and refugees. An additional 37 bills were awaiting governors’ signatures. A number of these laws directly impact employer obligations for screening job applicants. A summary of the key provisions of several new laws sweeping the South follows:
Alabama: This law, which becomes effective Sept. 1, 2011, requires employers to attest that they do not employ unauthorized aliens in order to receive government contracts, grants or incentives; and all such recipients must enroll in E-Verify. Violation of the law justifies government contract termination and business license/permit suspension for up to 60 days. It also could lead to debarment from further contracts.