The Legal Arizona Workers Act, which became effective at the start of 2008, penalizes employers who either “knowingly or intentionally” hire undocumented immigrants. Arizona employers that violate the law for the first time risk losing their business license for up to ten days. Numerous violations can result in permanent loss of an employer’s business license.
The law now requires all Arizona employers to use E-Verify, an Internet-based system to determine the eligibility of new hires. This federal program, mutually governed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is mandatory in Arizona. The program screens and verifies a potential employee’s eligibility to work in the United States.