Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thomas and Arizona Chamber of Commerce Co-host Employer Sanctions Seminar

Andrew Thomas and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office will participate in an Employer Sanctions Compliance and Enforcement Seminar on Friday, January 18, 2008. Co-hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the event will take place at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

The seminar will feature a discussion of The Legal Arizona Workers Act.

As of January 1, 2008, the law provides for the possible suspension of the business license of an employer who knowingly hires an illegal immigrant. A repeat offender faces the permanent loss of their business license.

In the months leading up to its effective date, Thomas had stated that the County Attorney’s office would be meeting with members of the business community to assist them with complying with the new law.

Thomas remarked: “Members of the business community deserve guidance on complying with the new law, and an explanation of the law that is free of the rumors and fear-mongering tactics that have been utilized by some of the law’s opponents. The forum on Friday represents my intentions – in conjunction with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce - to continue the educational process.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will discuss proper use of the I-9 and avoiding discrimination at the forum. Additionally, another representative of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will demonstrate the E-Verify program.

Registration for the seminar begins at 8:00 a.m. The seminar will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona.

To register in advance, email

For more information contact:
Mike Anthony Scerbo, Public Information Officer
(602) 506-3170 (office) or (602) 489-6913 (cell)

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