Immigration and the ever-changing world of workplace employment enforcement are integral topics to be discussed at an Aug. 2 workshop for Arizona employers in Goodyear, Ariz.

The workshop called “Immigration and Employment: New Laws, New Challenges, and New Strategies” will be held at Estrella Mountain Community College.

“Change is in the wind for employers at the state and federal levels, and employers should be aware of the changes,” said Joe Sigg, government relations director with the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation (AZFB). “We are entering a new era of workplace employment enforcement – it’s on the increase.”

Legal experts will discuss the new Legal Arizona Workers Act, a new Arizona Legislature-passed employer sanctions law that takes effect on Jan. 1, 2008. Under the law, an employer found guilty by the State of Arizona for knowingly hiring an undocumented worker would lose its State of Arizona issued licenses for up to 10 days. A second infraction would permanently revoke all state licenses, such as business licenses, permits, driver’s licenses, and others.

Increased workplace enforcement by the federal government will also be discussed. The 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. workshop starts with lunch.

The workshop cost is $20 per employer. Reservations are required by July 31 and space is limited. Contact Sigg at (480) 635-3603 or joesigg@azfb.org.

The AZFB-sponsored workshop will be held in the second floor library, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Goodyear.

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