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New Employment Laws In Play Regarding Licenses for Undocumented Individuals

In 2013, the Department of Motor Vehicles was authorized to issue an original driver’s license to an individual who is not able to submit proof that their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law. (California Assembly Bill 60 created Vehicle Code section 12801.9). This same bill also made it illegal to discriminate against a person who holds such a driver’s license under the Unruh Civil Rights Act. AB 60 is to take effect on January 1st, 2015.

The licenses issued to undocumented persons under the new law will have a distinctive design/color and will have text on the photo indicating limitations for official federal purposes. Additional provisions related to the licenses were included in Assembly Bill 1660 (passed in September) to provide protections in employment context. Employers will be prohibited from discriminating against a person because they hold a license that was issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9. Employers will be prohibited from requiring workers to present a driver’s license unless possessing one is required by the employer or otherwise permitted by laws in place. Additional provisions have been put in place to protect holders of licenses issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9 from unlawful release of private information, use to establish citizenship or immigration status for investigation, arrest, citation, etc.

The new licenses will not be acceptable to establish eligibility for employment and they will not be acceptable for any official federal requirements or purposes. The new laws will not change the employers’ rights regarding obtaining information in order to establish an employee’s authorization to work (required under federal law). Employers will still be required to have employees provide documentation and submit the I-9 documentation to determine work eligibility. Employer action taken in accordance with federal Immigration and Nationality Act will not be in violation of the new laws regarding the licenses and the use of licenses issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9.

For additional information regarding the new laws regarding issuance of licenses for undocumented persons or to get further information on federal work eligibility laws, contact the southern California employment law experts at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik. 


Labor Law in Place to Help Employees Beat the Heat

A newly amended California labor code provision turns up the heat on employers in order to protect employees from the heat. Amendments allow private enforcement of laws regarding heat-illness prevention. Previously, they were imposed only by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with limited resources.

With the new provision, California employers must be even more fastidious about guarding their employees from the sun’s heat. To do so they must provide employees with cool down periods or they might end up facing litigation en masse. Any employer who has an outdoor space at their place of employment will find it vital to have a heat-illness prevention program set in motion so that employees are both allowed and encouraged to rest out of the heat for at least 5 minutes whenever they feel in danger of overheating. 

Employers may feel put out by the rules. They are required to provide shade for employees who work in the sun (especially during sunny days). This can sometimes be difficult. Necessary cool-down periods any particular employee might need are unknown and cannot be scheduled ahead of time. So employers may find regulating employee behavior to ensure they are meeting the standards for heat-illness prevention difficult. It is recommended that California employers review the policies they have in place and that they offer renewed training for managers who will be responsible for compliance and the maintenance of their compliance records.

If you have questions regarding the regulations your California employer may be required to adhere to, contact Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik, your southern California employment law experts