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New Worker Authorization Law Is Strictest Yet

Law360 (July 19, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- On July 2, 2007, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano signed into law House Bill 2779, the "Legal Arizona Workers Act," and, in so doing, imposed significant new obligations on all Arizona employers.

The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2008, although there is a strong possibility of an interim legal action to challenge Arizona's authority under federal law to regulate immigration. In addition, a special legislative session to provide needed funding and clarify obligations under the new law is under discussion.

The Act has two key features. First,...
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