Louisiana Aliens and Immigration laws & HR compliance analysis

Louisiana Aliens and Immigration: What you need to know

Louisiana state law prohibits intentional discrimination in employment, recruitment, or referral for private or public employment of any immigrant who is not lawfully entitled to residence in the United States (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:992).
Louisiana prohibits intentional discrimination in employment by employers with more than 15 employees (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:332).
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The Louisiana Commission on Human Rights has the authority to enforce the laws by initiating, receiving, and investigating discrimination complaints; issuing subpoenas; holding hearings; issuing administrative orders and decisions; and enforcing its orders in state court. Remedies may include cease and desist orders, actual damages, and legal fees.
A person alleging discrimination may also file a private lawsuit in the district court for the parish in which the alleged violation occurred and may seek compensatory damages, back pay, benefits, reinstatement, reasonable attorney's fees and court costs.
For additional information, visit http://www.gov.state.la.us
The federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires employers to verify the legal status and right to work of all new hires. To satisfy verification requirements, employers should ask all new hires for documents establishing both identity and work authorization.
Please see the Immigration topical analysis for additional discussion.
Employee citizenship/work authorization requirements. All Louisiana employers are required to confirm the status of their employees’ U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work in the United States. The law specifies two ways to satisfy this requirement.
Employers may meet this requirement by obtaining a picture identification plus one of the following to determine if the worker is authorized to work in the United States:

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