Texas Aliens and Immigration laws & HR compliance analysis

Texas Aliens and Immigration: What you need to know

The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on national origin (TX Labor Code Sec. 21.051).
Practices or policies that discriminate against immigrants legally eligible for employment may constitute national origin discrimination in violation of the Act.
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The Texas Workforce Commission, Civil Rights Division, enforces the Human Rights Act (TX Labor Code Sec. 21.003). The Commission has the authority to receive and investigate complaints, file civil actions, request and compel subpoenas, and adopt rules.
Employers may obtain additional information by visiting https://twc.texas.gov.
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 agencies and contractors. All Texas state agencies under the direction of the governor are required to use E-Verify to verify the employment eligibility of all agency employees.
Covered agencies must also extend this E-Verify requirement, as a condition of all state contracts for services, to all contractors performing services for the state (via those agencies). Covered state contractors must use E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all workers employed during the contract term to perform duties in Texas, as well as all persons (including subcontractors) assigned to perform work pursuant to the contract.
Agencies that are not under the direction of the governor are not required, but still ...

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