Legal Alert: Update on Immigration Matters - State and Federal
The "Legal Arizona Workers Act" ("LAWA") took effect January 1, 2008. LAWA prohibits the knowing or intentional hiring of unauthorized workers. Employers found to knowingly hire unauthorized workers will be subject to a three-year probationary period and possible suspension of the employer's business license not to exceed ten days, among other penalties. Intentional violations carry virtually the same penalties as a knowing violation with the exception of a five- year probationary period and mandatory suspension of the employer's business license for at least ten days. Repeat offenders risk losing their business license. When it took effect, LAWA was one of the most stringent employer-sanction laws in effect anywhere in the country. Unfortunately, there were many unanswered questions about the scope of the law.