Michigan Aliens and Immigration laws & HR compliance analysis

Michigan Aliens and Immigration: What you need to know

The Michigan Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of national origin. Practices that discriminate against immigrants legally eligible to work in the United States may constitute national origin discrimination within the meaning of the Act. The Act covers employers with one or more employees (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.2102et seq.).
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Citizenship requirements that are made a condition of employment discriminate on the basis of national origin in violation of the state law. Inquiries about a person's citizenship or country of birth are unlawful and imply discrimination on the basis of national origin.
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights enforces the Act. The Department has the power to receive, initiate, investigate, conciliate, adjust, and dispose of complaints; issue subpoenas; hold hearings; and enforce its orders in state court. Remedies include ordering cease-and-desist orders; hiring, reinstatement, or upgrading of employees (with or without back pay); and the payment of wages including reasonable attorney's fees.
For additional information and office locations, visit http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr.
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.
There is additional information and details on these requirements.
Requirements for certain county contractors. Some Michigan counties (including Ingham, Macomb, and Oakland) require ...

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