New Jersey may soon be implemented a bill similar to the Arizona legislation, the Legal Arizona's Workers Act, first signed by former Governor, Jane Napolitano, in 2008.
Two New Jersey State Senators have introduced a similar bill barring employment of unauthorized workers and requiring all employers in the state to use the Federal government's E-Verify employment eligibility verification system. Republican Senators Robert Singer and Steven Oroho have introduced legislation that would mandate the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to develop and implement a compliance audit system so that employers would be checked at random to determine if they were complying with E-Verify program.
The legislation includes possible fines and potential suspension of the employer's business license for at least 10 days for intentional hires of unauthorized workers. The bill has been referred to the Senate Labor Committee. Republican Assemblyman Ronald Dancer introduced about a year ago a similar bill to the New Jersey Assembly. That bill been referred to the Assembly Labor Committee.
As with the Arizona statute, this proposed legislation puts the onus of hiring on the employers and not the undocumented workers. It is incumbent upon the employers to verify the the eligibility of their workers or face fines or closure. As such, it simplifies oversight on the reduction of undocumented workers. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of appeals held up the Arizona legislation, after it had faced challenges from various civic groups.
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