Governor Brown Signs Measures Strengthening Immigrant Protection

HR Hero's California Employment Law Letter

Elizabeth J. Boca, an Associate in the Labor and Employment practice, in the San Francisco office, authored an article for HR Hero’s California Employment Law Letter titled “Governor Brown Signs Measures Strengthening Immigrant Protection.”

Following is an excerpt:

The legislature repealed most of those Labor Code sections in 1970. However, the definition of “alien” and the order for which employment is to be given to “aliens” remain in the Labor Code under Sections 1725 and 2015. Senate Bill (SB) 432 repeals Sections 1725 and 2015 and thus eliminates the word “alien” from the code.

Democratic Senator Tony Mendoza wrote the bill, stating that eliminating the word “alien” is necessary to modernize the Labor Code. “Alien is now commonly considered a derogatory term for a foreign-born person and has very negative connotations,” Mendoza said. “The word ‘alien,’ and any law prescribing an order for the issuance of employment to ‘aliens,’ have no place in the laws of our state and more importantly, should never be the basis for any employment hiring,” he further stated. “California is among the top destination states for immigrants in the United States. Given the abundant evidence of their many contributions, it is imperative that any derogative references to foreign-born individuals be repealed from state law.”