Georgia’s Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011 (HB 87): What Employers Need to Know to Navigate This New Immigration Minefield

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Suite 2700
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Presented by Epstein Becker Green Attorneys:
Robert S. Groban, Jr.
Evan S. Rosen
Kenneth G. Menendez

On July 1, 2011, the Georgia Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011 (GIIREA) will take effect. This law contains new obligations for employers and stiff penalties, including loss of business license, for non-compliance. It also gives expanded powers to state and local police to check the immigration status of arrestees and this may provide new avenues for state and federal law enforcement to investigate employer immigration compliance. Employers who fail to satisfy their obligations under GIIREA or federal law may be subject to discrimination claims or charges of unfair immigration related employment practices!

The GIIREA was signed into law on May 13, 2011 and gives employers less than two months to absorb its provisions and develop and implement new procedures that comply with both state and federal law. This program is designed to provide senior HR professionals and corporate general counsels with the information they need to understand and meet these new legal obligations.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Current federal law governing Form I-9 and other worksite enforcement obligations.
  • An overview of the GIIREA's provisions, an explanation of the new obligations it imposes on employer and advice on how to be compliant without violating federal law.
  • Common sense opinions from labor and employment experts of the ripple effect on other areas of organizational operations that GIIREA is likely to have on Georgia employers.
  • The impact of the recent Supreme Court decision in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting, No. 09-115 (Rejecting a constitutional challenge to Arizona's immigration statute).
  • Recent developments in the worksite enforcement and related areas that affect Georgia employers.

We hope you will join us for this topical and informative special briefing.

For more information and to register, please contact
Christine Eschenauer at (212) 351-4668 or [email protected].