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Labor Code - LAB

DIVISION 3. EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS [2700 - 3098]

  ( Division 3 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 90. )
  

CHAPTER 2. Employer and Employee [2750 - 2930]

  ( Chapter 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 90. )
  

ARTICLE 2.5. Electronic Employment Verification Systems [2811 - 2814]
  ( Article 2.5 added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 691, Sec. 2. )

  
2814.  

(a) (1) Except as required by federal law or as a condition of receiving federal funds, it shall be unlawful for an employer, or any other person or entity to use the federal electronic employment verification system known as E-Verify to check the employment authorization status of an existing employee or an applicant who has not been offered employment at a time or in a manner not required under subsection (b) of Section 1324a of Title 8 of the United States Code or not authorized under any federal agency memorandum of understanding governing the use of a federal electronic employment verification system.

(2) Nothing in this section shall prohibit an employer from utilizing the federal E-Verify system, in accordance with federal law, to check the employment authorization status of a person who has been offered employment.

(b) Upon using the federal E-Verify system to check the employment authorization status of a person, if the employer receives a tentative nonconfirmation issued by the Social Security Administration or the United States Department of Homeland Security, which indicates the information entered in E-Verify did not match federal records, the employer shall comply with the required employee notification procedures under any memorandum of understanding governing the use of the federal E-Verify system. The employer shall furnish to the employee any notification issued by the Social Security Administration or the United States Department of Homeland Security containing information specific to the employee’s E-Verify case or any tentative nonconfirmation notice. The notification shall be furnished as soon as practicable.

(c) In addition to other remedies available, an employer who violates this section is liable for a civil penalty not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for each violation of this section. Each unlawful use of the E-Verify system on an employee or applicant constitutes a separate violation.

(d) This section is intended to prevent discrimination in employment rather than to sanction the potential hiring and employment of persons who are not authorized for employment under federal law.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 696, Sec. 1. (AB 622) Effective January 1, 2016.)