There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over President Trump’s goal of tightening immigration restrictions, but now a California Assemblyman is looking to put employers squarely in the middle of that battle. Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) has filed Assembly 450, “the Immigrant Worker Protection Act”, which is scheduled to be heard sometime this month by Assembly committees. The bill, as filed, would require employers to obtain a judicial warrant before they could allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents access to the workplace. In addition, it mandates that employers: not share confidential employee information (SS #s) unless subpoenaed; notify the state labor commissioner and employee representatives of a workplace raid or I-9 audit; authorize the state labor commissioner to access the workplace during an ICE enforcement and notify the labor commission before conducting a self-audit of employment eligibility forms. Assemblyman Chiu explains that the bill “offers clarity for employers” uncertain about their responsibility when ICE agents arrive at the workplace. That “clarity” for the employer comes with fines of $10,000 to $25,000 for each violation.