(1) As used in this section:
(a) “Department” means the department of labor and employment.
(b) “Electronic verification program” or “e-verify program” means the electronic employment verification program that is authorized in 8 U.S.C. sec. 1324a and jointly administered by the United States department of homeland security and the social security administration, or its successor program.
(c) “Employer” means a person transacting business in Colorado who, at any time, employs another person to perform services of any nature and who has control of the payment of wages for such services or is the officer, agent, or employee of the person having control of the payment of wages.
(d) “Employment eligibility verification form I-9” means the form developed by the United States citizenship and immigration services in the department of homeland security pursuant to 8 U.S.C. sec. 1324a(b) .
(e) “Unauthorized alien” has the same meaning as set forth in 8 U.S.C. sec. 1324a(h)(3) .
(2)(a)(I) As part of its quarterly electronic publication distributed to employers, the department shall, at a minimum, notify every employer of the federal law against hiring or continuing to employ an unauthorized alien and of the availability of the optional electronic verification program to verify the work eligibility status of new employees.
(II)(A) In notifying employers of the e-verify program pursuant to subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (a), the department shall include language similar to the following:
As with all current employee verification programs, the e-verify program is not one hundred percent accurate, and an employee has recourse available if the employee is legally documented to work in the United States but the employer receives a final notice of nonconfirmation of work eligibility regarding the employee through the e-verify program.
(B) Additionally, the department shall provide employers information about when, during the hiring process, an employer may lawfully use the e-verify program, specifying that the e-verify program can only be used after an employee is hired and cannot be used to verify the work eligibility status of existing employees. The notice shall also restate the requirements of section 24-34-402, C.R.S ., which prohibits employers from engaging in discriminatory or unfair employment practices.
(III) Immediately following the notice required by subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (a), the department shall include in the quarterly electronic publication a link to the portion of the department's website where an employer can access additional information about the federal law, the e-verify program and the requirements for participation in the e-verify program, and the following statement, in bold-faced type in a conspicuous location:
It is unlawful for an employer to:
Hire, recruit, or refer for a fee, for employment in the United States, an alien, knowing the alien is an unauthorized alien;
Hire, recruit, or refer for a fee, for employment in the United States, an individual without verifying the employment eligibility status of the individual through completion of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, or its successor form;
Continue to employ an alien in the United States, knowing that the alien is or has become an unauthorized alien; or
(IV) The department shall include the notice and website link required by this paragraph (a) in each quarterly electronic publication distributed to employers on and after August 5, 2008.
(b) The department shall permanently post on its website the statement and information described in subparagraph (III) of paragraph (a) of this subsection (2), as well as a link to the e-verify website available through the internet portal for the United States citizenship and immigration services, or its successor agency.
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