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On October 25, the House Judiciary Committee approved two bills with major implications for employers and employment-based immigration.
The Legal Workforce Act (LWA), H.R. 3711, passed the committee by a vote of 20 to 10. Introduced by Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Ken Calvert (R-CA), along with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the bill would require U.S. employers to check the work eligibility of all future hires through the federal electronic verification system known as E-Verify.
Specific to the workplace, the LWA would:
To read further about the proposal, check out the House Judiciary Committee's summary of the bill.
The committee passed H.R. 4092, the Agricultural Guestworker Act (AGA), by a vote of 17 to 16. This bill, also sponsored by Representative Goodlatte, would create a new H-2C Temporary Agricultural Work Visa Program.
The AGA will:
For further information about this legislation, check out the House Judiciary Committee's summary of the bill for additional provisions.
The LWA and the AGA will now advance to the full House of Representatives for consideration. SHRM's government affairs staff will continue to be actively engaged in discussions on behalf of the HR profession and will provide updates on legislative developments in future editions of our HR Issues Update.
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