The California Legislature recently enacted Labor Code Sections 2811 to 2813 that now prohibit cities from requiring employers within their boundaries to use an electronic employment verification system such as E-Verify. As a result of this State mandate, businesses in the City of Temecula will no longer be required to use the E-Verify System to verify that newly hired workers have the legal right to work in the United States as a condition of receiving a business license.
We wish to remind you, however, that even though the City of Temecula will not require businesses to use the E-Verify System, Federal law still prohibits employers from knowingly employing an undocumented worker (Section 1324a of Title 8 of the United States Code). Additionally, the E-Verify program of the United States Department of Homeland Security remains available to employers to verify the employment eligibility of their employees.
For more information on this matter, please contact Rudy Graciano, City of Temecula, at 951-693-3937.