California Labor Law to Extend Protection to Undocumented Workers

Supreme Court Health CareCalifornia – Governor Jerry Brown has signed new California labor laws that would protect undocumented workers in the state.

In the newly-signed law called The Trust Act, the local police would be limited from cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Communities, a federal agency that generally asks police to check on arrestee’s immigration status and hold them if they are found undocumented.

Based on statistics, the agency has already deported approximately 10,000 undocumented immigrants working in California, including those without serious criminal records.

Thus, the new law will now require illegal immigrants to be charged with or convicted of serious offense before being held for possible deportation by the federal agency.

In addition, two other bills have been recently approved by Gov. Brown.

In the first bill, its author Assemblyman Roger Hernandez creates a category of unfair immigration-related retaliation with a specific penalty.

In the second bill, its author Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg extends the legislation to lawyers who participate in intimidating workers by their immigration status to prevent them from talking about their employers’ labor violations.

Several business groups on the other hand oppose the new legislations, arguing that employers should not be penalized for the actions of their harsh supervisors and managers.

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