Washington Aliens and Immigration laws & HR compliance analysis

Washington Aliens and Immigration: What you need to know

The Washington Law Against Discrimination prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of national origin. Practices that discriminate against immigrants who are legally eligible to work may constitute national origin bias within the meaning of the Law.
The Law covers employers with eight or more employees (WA Rev. Code Sec. 49.60.040).
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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 of country of birth are unlawful and imply discrimination on the basis of national origin.
The Washington Law Against Discrimination is enforced by the Washington Human Rights Commission. The Commission has the authority to receive, initiate, investigate, and settle discrimination complaints; issue subpoenas, administrative decisions, and regulations; hold hearings; and enforce its decisions and orders in state court.
In addition, persons who think they have been injured by a violation of the Law Against Discrimination may sue privately in state court to enforce their rights under the law.
For additional information, visit the Commission's website at http://www.hum.wa.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.
There is additional information on these requirements.
Public Employers and Contractors. Several Washington cities and counties ...

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