Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop conducting workplace raids to arrest immigrants lacking work authorization. 

The problem lies with "exploitative employers," not unauthorized workers problem, Mayorkas said in a October 12 memorandum.  

Jason Resnick

Starting January 1, 2022, California employers risk criminal charges for the intentional theft of wages.[i] An intentional theft of wages in an amount greater than $950 for one employee, or $2,350 for two or more employees will subject an employer to a criminal charge of grand theft.

Enacted September 2020, SB 1159 codified and superseded Gov. Newsom’s Executive Order No-62-20. The statute applies to California employers with five or more employees and employees who test positive for COVID-19 during an outbreak at their place of work on or after July 6, 2020. As the state continues to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic it is worth keeping in mind that this statute’s rebuttable presumption remains in effect until January 1, 2023.

Teresa McQueen


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