As of January, 1, 2018, the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450) takes effect for all California employers. The law prohibits public and private employers from providing voluntary consent to an immigration enforcement agent to enter nonpublic areas of a place of labor unless the agent provides a judicial warrant. It also prohibits employers from voluntarily sharing employee records without a subpoena or court order. Read more about the act here.
More information for employers is available at the National Immigration Law Center’s “What to do if Immigration Comes to my Workplace: A Guide for Employers”.
On January 13, 2018, due to a federal court order, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), resumed acceptance of renewals for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which provides protections and benefits, including work permits. Employers are encouraged to share this information with employees who may be eligible.
In light of recent press on immigration enforcement in Northern California, Know Your Rights workshops are offered through the Family Resource Center of Truckee (January 31, 5:30pm – 6:30pm) and North Tahoe Family Resource Center (January 29, 6:30pm – 7:30pm). Workshop attendees will learn about rights and be connected to one on one immigration assistance.