Minnesota Aliens and Immigration laws & HR compliance analysis

Minnesota Aliens and Immigration: What you need to know

The Minnesota Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on national origin (MN Stat. Sec. 363A.02et seq.).
Employment practices that discriminate against immigrants who are legally eligible for employment may constitute discrimination based on national origin. The Act applies to all employers in the state.
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Citizenship requirements that are made a condition of employment discriminate based on national origin in violation of state law. Inquiries about a person's citizenship or country of birth are unlawful and imply discrimination based on national origin.
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights enforces the Human Rights Act. The Department must issue a charge if it believes that discrimination has occurred. It will attempt to conciliate the charge and may set it for hearing or seek relief through the courts. Remedies include orders prohibiting the discriminatory practice, hiring, or reinstatement (with or without back pay). Other damages, including the payment of attorneys’ fees, may also apply.
For additional information, visit http://mn.gov/mdhr/.
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.
E-Verify requirement for state contracts. Contracts for services valued in excess of $50,000 must require certification from the vendor and any subcontractors that, as of the date services on behalf of the state of Minnesota will be performed, the vendor and all ...

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