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          622 (Roger HernŠndez)

          As Amended  June 18, 2015

          Majority vote

          |ASSEMBLY:  |      | (May 22,      |SENATE: |23-12 | (September 2,   |
          |           |50-25 |2015)          |        |      |2015)            |
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          Original Committee Reference:  L. & E.

          SUMMARY:  Enacts provisions of law related to the use of the  
          federal electronic employment verification system known as  

          The Senate amendments:

          1)Specify that an employer shall provide specified notice to an  
            employee "as soon as practicable."

          2)Make other minor changes.

          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8, negligible state costs.


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          COMMENTS:  According to the author, this bill limits the misuse  
          of E-Verify by prohibiting unscrupulous employers from engaging  
          in unjust E-Verify practices against workers (consistent with  
          federal law) and creates financial civil penalties for employers  
          who maliciously use E-Verify against their workforce.

          This bill is co-sponsored by the Mexican American Legal Defense  
          and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the California Immigrant  
          Policy Center.  They argue that this bill will strengthen  
          California's protections for all workers by limiting misuse of  
          the E-Verify program and creating penalties for abuse.  The  
          sponsors state that this bill would codify and clarify existing  
          federal policy by prohibiting employers from engaging in  
          potentially discriminatory E-Verify practices, clarifying the  
          notification process for businesses and workers, and creating  
          financial civil penalties for employer abuse.

          The California Bus Association opposes this bill and argues that  
          the federal government requires verification of citizenship or  
          naturalization for purposes of employment, and that many of  
          their members use E-Verify to comply with this requirement.   
          They argue that this bill would hinder them from complying with  
          federal law.

          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
                          Ben Ebbink / L. & E. / (916) 319-2091  FN:  


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