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10/17/11
Immigration laws in the workplace
Filed under: General
Posted by: RPLaw Firm @ 3:20 pm

Businesses’ dirty little secrets of employment undocumented workers have exposed over and over again. However, in a time when jobs are few, the public has determined that we need new laws against the workers while there have been federal laws against the employers for years.  These laws include but civil and criminal punishment.  Now Alabama’s controversial immigration law allows employers to break employment contracts with undocumented persons without a forum to pursue any rights that the two persons/entities originally agreed upon.  This was the ruling  from the 11th Circuit of Appeal on October 14, 2011. “The court let stand a prohibition against state courts enforcing
employment contracts in which the hiring party had “direct or
constructive” knowledge that the employee was in the country unlawfully.
It also upheld a section making it a felony for illegal immigrants to
enter into a “business transaction” in the state, including applying for
a driver’s or business license.” (Penton Media.)

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