Workers and Employers’ Voices Go Unheard in Debates over Arizona Immigration Law

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Labor Law Talk Offers Arizona Employers and Employees a Forum to Sound off about Fears, Concerns and the Legal and Economic Impact of S.B. 1070

S.B. 1070’s potential legal and economic affects on workers and employers in Arizona are being shadowed by the state’s previously imposed employer-sanctions.

Since Arizona’s newest immigration law was signed in April, the nation has been buzzing about border patrol issues, racial profiling and civil liberties, among other controversial topics thrust into the spotlight by Senate Bill 1070. But during the debates that have ensued, the voices of the state’s business owners and members of the workforce, those to be impacted most by the bill, have gotten lost in the thunderous outcry. Labor Law Talk (laborlawtalk.com), the largest online forum dedicated to labor law issues, is urging Arizona’s employers and employees to use the site as a platform to express their fears and concerns, ask questions, get answers and reclaim their voice in the debate over the year’s most controversial piece of legislation.

“S.B. 1070’s potential legal and economic affects on workers and employers in Arizona are being shadowed by the state’s previously imposed employer-sanctions,” said Ty Mays, a representative of Labor Law Talk. “The previous sanctions have been referred to as a ‘wink-and-nod’ system. The new law creates a stricter environment and raises new fears and concerns among both members of the state’s workforce and companies that rely on the existing workforce. It’s important that employees and employers have a place where these fears and concerns can be voiced and adequately addressed.”

Since the launch of Labor Law Talk, Arizona’s laws and employer-sanctions have been a hot button topic on the site. Managers, human resource professionals, business owners and employees have accessed the site to ask questions and offer information on a number of related topics, including E-Verify, the federal database Arizona employers are required to enroll in to check the legitimacy of an employer’s documents. As the debate over Arizona’s new immigration law continues to heat up and the July 29 vote approaches, Labor Law Talk hopes to serve as a sounding board for Arizona employers and employees to safely, and confidentially if necessary, voice concerns, ask questions and seek support.

“It’s been reported that many Latino families are fleeing the state rather than waiting to determine how S.B. 1070 will impact their future or the future of their jobs in the state of Arizona,” said Mays. “It’s our hope that more people, both workers and employers, will access Labor Law Talk and other available resources to get critical information and resources so that they can make informed, rational decisions rather than react hastily based on fear and panic.”

In addition to topics related to Arizona’s immigration law, employers and employees are encouraged to seek out information on other labor law topics. Since 2003, Arizona workers and employers have accessed Labor Law Talk to get information unemployment benefits, hiring guidelines, violence in the workplace, unlawful termination, payroll, layoffs, wage discrimination and more.

To ask or answer questions about S.B. 1070, voice concerns about the impact of Arizona’s immigration law or learn more about other labor law topics, visit laborlawtalk.com. Registration is free.

About Labor Law Talk

Launched in 2003, Labor Law Talk is the first free online forum that facilitates discourse between employers, human resources professionals and the legal community on labor law and related issues. Visit laborlawtalk.com for more information or to register.

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